Mediterranean Diet May Keep Late-Life Depression at Bay
Adherence to a Mediterranean diet may guard against late-life depression, new research shows. Investigators from Hellenic Open University in Patras, Greece, found that for older individuals who adhered to a Mediterranean diet, the likelihood of developing depression was significantly decreased. The truth is, there are very few studies investigating the impact of adherence to the Mediterranean diet in later life. Up until now, they have largely focused on mid-life, so this is one of the first studies focusing on an older population, and these results suggest the Mediterranean diet may affect the likelihood of depression, regardless of age," principal investigator Konstantinos Argyropoulos, MD, PhD, told Medscape Medical News.
@saranya A large body of research shows that a Mediterranean-style diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and olive oil, with moderate consumption of fish, poultry, and alcohol and that eschews red meat and sugar, has a positive impact on physical health, including longevity and a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and cancer.