A Mediterranean Diet Might Help Fight Frailty
Eating a healthful diet may help keep older adults strong. The Mediterranean diet—which limits red meat and favors fish, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, olive oil, and moderate amounts of wine—was found to reduce frailty in an analysis of 125 studies involving 5,789 adults ages 60 and older. “Frailty” generally refers to having various conditions that increase the risks for falls, fractures, disability, and early death. The more closely the participants followed the diet, the less likely they were to become frail over a span of about four years. Though the study doesn’t prove the diet directly prevents frailty, the researchers think that the entire diet pattern, rather than a single type of food, may account for the link.
Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, published online Jan. 11, 2018