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Telomeres and Mediterranean Diet

Posted by Gökhan Gökmen 17/01/2021 0 Comment(s)

This week we want to emphasize the importance of nutrition on telomere length which is critical for healthspan as well as lifespan.

In this clinical study 4676 disease-free women telomere length (a biomarker for biological aging) were measured who also completed food frequency questionnaires. The mean age of the participants was 59 years, and the exact age range of the participants included in our study was 42-70 years.

Results were;

  • Women on the Mediterranean Diet were 4.5 years younger than controls,
  • Also non-smokers were 4.6 years younger than smokers,
  • Highly active women were 4.4 years younger than less active women,
  • And women with low phobic anxiety were 6 years younger than women with high phobic anxiety scores.

The traditional Mediterranean diet is characterized by a high intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, and grains (mainly unrefined); a high intake of olive oil but a low intake of saturated lipids; a moderately high intake of fish; a low intake of dairy products, meat, and poultry; and a regular but moderate intake of alcohol (specifically red wine with meals). Observational studies and intervention trials have consistently shown the health benefits of a high degree of adherence to the Mediterranean diet, including reduction of overall mortality; reduced incidence of chronic diseases, especially major cardiovascular diseases; and increased likelihood of healthy aging.

Results support that lifestyle changes may contribute to protect the telomeres. Therefore it is always recommended to make lifestyle changes while using TA-65 supplements on a regularly.

Live younger-live healthier-live longer

Mediterranean diet and telomere length in Nurses’ Health Study: population-based cohort study, BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6674 (Published 02 December 2014) Marta Crous-Bou, postdoctoral research fellow1, research fellow2, Teresa T Fung, associate professor3, adjunct associate professor4, Jennifer Prescott, instructor in medicine1, Bettina Julin, postdoctoral research fellow1, research fellow2, Mengmeng Du, postdoctoral research fellow1, research fellow561, Qi Sun, assistant professor14, Kathryn M Rexrode, associate professor7, Frank B Hu, professor124, Immaculata De Vivo, associate professor12