The Mediterranean diet or as I prefer to call it, "Lifestyle", has always been highly praised for its benefits. I love this lifestyle diet and highly recommend it to everyone!
Rich in vegetables, fruit, fish/seafood, olive oil and nuts, the lifestyle also incorporates movement as well. Just an overall, good healthy way to live.
We have talked about the Mediterranean lifestyle many times and its benefits but today, I want to share with you more recent benefits that I have discovered in my research of this lifestyle diet. Recent studies have demonstrated 5 new benefits to eating and living the Meditteranean way.
Lowers the risk of becoming frail, also known as frailty syndrome. This is characterized by loss of muscle and weakness leading to falls and injury. The risk of this syndrome is higher in older people with type 2 diabetes. A study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that those people who consumed the greatest quantity of fruits and vegetables were at lower risk for frailty syndrome. This led the researchers to conclude that following the Mediterranean diet helps women with type 2 diabetes to avoid frailty syndrome.
Reduces risk of lung cancer. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition demonstrated that those who adhered most strictly to the Mediterranean diet were less likely to develop several different forms of lung cancer. This was limited to those with normal BMI.
Replaces common treatments for reflux. A study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery noted that those participants that drank alkaline water combined with a low acid diet, hence as with the Mediterranean diet, had a noteworthy reduction in reflux symptoms.
Prevents the loss of muscle mass. The study published in the British Journal of Nutrition demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet decreased inflammation, the main cause of muscle loss in the elderly.
Lowers blood pressure. The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, discovered that the Mediterranean diet may also help regulate blood pressure. Because the diet utilizes less processed red meats and is high in legumes, seafood, nuts and occasionally red wine, it has been noted to improve cardiovascular health by lowering systolic blood pressure.
I knew I loved the Mediterranean diet lifestyle, but now these new findings make it even more desirable!
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Hat Tip: Medical News Bulletin, Sonia Fernandez
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