Mediterranean Diet

http://www.ndei.org/uploadedFiles/Common/NDEI/Home/Whats_New/Healthful-Eating-Mediterranean-Style.pdf

This is a link to the information sheet on the Mediterannean Diet from the National Diabetes Education Program. They are a reliable source of information.

There has been a great deal of interest in this diet recently. It appears to be a very reasonable approach to health promotion.

In short, the diet entails increased use of fish, less red meat, use of natural oils, in particular olive oils, and tree nuts like walnuts.

Our Registered Dietitian, Chris, is available to help counsel anyone interested in
considering this therapeutic life style change.

On Dec. 2, 2014, the British Medical Journal published a study of 4700 nurses showing that those who followed the Mediterannean Diet best had
longer telomeres, (part of the chromosome, one's genetic material) a key measure of healthy aging.

A summary from NEJM Journal watch follows:

The study included some 4700 Nurses' Health Study participants who completed food-frequency questionnaires and who also had their telomere length measured. Women who adhered closely to a Mediterranean diet (emphasizing vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, legumes, fish, and monounsaturated fats, plus moderate alcohol intake) had longer telomeres after adjustment for characteristics likely to influence telomere length, including age, body mass index, smoking history, and exercise.

The authors calculated that the difference in telomere length among women who were more adherent to the Mediterranean diet could translate into an average gain of about 4.5 years of life, roughly comparable to the difference between nonsmokers and smokers or being highly active and less active. "Our results," they conclude, "further support the benefits of adherence to the Mediterranean diet for promoting health and longevity."

The full article may be found at:

http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g6674