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Title: Effectiveness of the Mediterranean diet in the elderly
Authors: Roman, Blanca
Carta, Laura
Martínez-González, Ángel Miguel
Serra-Majem, Lluís 
UNESCO Clasification: 32 Ciencias médicas
Keywords: Mediterranean Diet
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: 1176-9092
Journal: Clinical interventions in aging 
Abstract: The Mediterranean diet is known to be one of the healthiest dietary patterns in the world due to its relation with a low morbidity and mortality for some chronic diseases. The purpose of this study was to review literature regarding the relationship between Mediterranean diet and healthy aging. A MEDLINE search was conducted looking for literature regarding the relationship between Mediterranean diet and cardiovascular disease (or risk factors for cardiovascular disease), cancer, mental health and longevity and quality of life in the elderly population (65 years or older). A selection of 36 articles met the criteria of selection. Twenty of the studies were about Mediterranean diets and cardiovascular disease, 2 about Mediterranean diets and cancer, 3 about Mediterranean diets and mental health and 11 about longevity (overall survival) or mental health. The results showed that Mediterranean diets had benefits on risks factors for cardiovascular disease such as lipoprotein levels, endothelium vasodilatation, insulin resistance, the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome, antioxidant capacity, the incidence of acute myocardial infarction, and cardiovascular mortality. Some positive associations with quality of life and inverse associations with the risk of certain cancers and with overall mortality were also reported. © 2008 Dove Medical Press Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 1176-9092
Source: Clinical Interventions in Aging[ISSN 1176-9092],v. 3, p. 97-109
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