Could a ‘Mediterranean’ Diet Extend Your Life?

Health News / Tips & Trends / Celebrity Health

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — There are hints in a new study that eating the much-lauded Mediterranean diet may help boost longevity.

Researchers found that the regimen — rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, fish and olive oil — appears to be associated with longer telomere length, which are indicators of slower aging.

Telomeres are located on the ends of chromosomes — much like the plastic tips on the end of shoelaces. According to geneticists, telomeres prevent chromosomes from fraying and scrambling the genetic codes they contain. These bits of genetic material naturally shorten with age, but they tend to shorten more slowly in healthy people.

Shorter telomeres have long been associated with a greater risk of age-related diseases and a shorter life span, experts say.

The new study was led by Immaculata De Vivo, an associate professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical…

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