Sticking to a Mediterranean style diet might slow down aging, finds the EU funded project NU-AGE.
At a recent conference in Brussels, researchers presented that a NU-AGE Mediterranean style diet, tested in the project, significantly decreased the levels of the protein known as C-reactive protein, one of the main inflammatory marker linked with the aging process.
Another positive effect of this diet was that the rate of bone loss in people with osteoporosis was reduced.
The project was conducted in five European countries: France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and the UK and involved 1142 participants.
There are differences between men and women as well as among participants coming from the different countries.
Volunteers from five countries differed in genetics, body composition, compliance to the study, response to diet, blood measurements, cytomegalovirus positivity and inflammatory parameters.
A new personally tailored, Mediterranean style diet was given to volunteers to assess if it can slow down the aging process.
NU-AGE’s researchers also looked at socio-economic factors of food choices and health information as well as the most significant barriers to the improvement of the quality of a diet.
“This is the first project that goes in such depths into the effects of the Mediterranean diet on health of elderly population.”
“We are using the most powerful and advanced techniques including metabolomics, transcriptomics, genomics and the analysis of the gut microbiota to understand what effect, the Mediterranean style diet has on the population of over 65 years old.”
News source: European Food Information Council.
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