Happy New Year My Friends!
Welcome to The Vitality Project.
The first article of 2017 will focus upon a very important topic for those of you who wish to lower your risk profile as you age.
The Mediterranean diet; like many diets have been studied, written about and commented on ad nauseam. The result, of course being complete confusion for those of you who are looking for clarity.
Good luck with this!
There are so many reports released regarding your health and how to approach it and, most of which are contradictory. Especially those written about nutrition.
Not so with regard to the Mediterranean diet!
This diet has been repeatedly researched over the last 10-20 years utilizing different study designs looking at the individual components of the diet and their physiological effects and , more importantly the affects the diet has as collectively upon human health and risk factor development.
Here is a very brief synopsis of the research findings in a nutshell.
The traditional Mediterranean diet, consisting of nuts, extra virgin olive oil, vegetables, seafood, whole grains, fresh fruit, wine with less emphasis upon refined carbohydrates, diary products (except yogurt and goat cheese) and red meat has been consumed for centuries by peoples who have benefited greatly from this type of diet.
Combined with a general tendency to be more physically active and you have an excellent prescription for successful aging with few episodes of chronic disease.
The consumption of this diet, in whole or even in part experience a reduction in the risk of ever being diagnosed with: hypertension, high cholesterol, type-2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, dementia and per-mature death.
The newest research published in the journal Neurology indicated that adherence to the Mediterranean diet over a three year period in older adults not suffering from dementia was associated with less total brain atrophy (associated with aging) compared with subjects who did not adhere to any form of this diet!
That’s exciting news given the fact that the diet helped to prevent brain shrinkage in older adults who had no signs or symptoms of dementia whatsoever!
Here is some excellent advice for the beginning of 2017.
Try some Mediterranean recipes and enjoy this type of cooking and meal preparation. You will find that it is enjoyable, not that time consuming and extremely satisfying.
Hey…it’s old school cooking, eating and enjoying your food you just lovely made.
Remember when it used to be like that!
Happy New Year!
Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
The Vitality Project