Recent studies on the effects of Mediterranean diet in elderly people managed to prove that this diet can cause a decrease in the risk of frailty in this group of people. older individuals. The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society published the findings and they claim that having a diet based on plants: vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains and legumes is the key to good health and independence in elderly people.
One thing that is very common in older people is frailty. It increases with age. People experience weak muscle strength, weight loss as well as low energy. Numerous health problems appear in them. Fractures and falls are very common which lead to hospitalization. Other problems include: disability, premature death, nursing home placement and dementia. Low quality is someone’s life is what can also cause the appearance of frailty.
Frailty can develop because of nutrition. This was proved by a team from the University College London, in the UK. The team leader was Kate Walters, PhD with Gotaro Kojima, MD. They conducted the research in order to prove if a healthy diet can decrease the risk of frailty in elderly people.
Numerous studies were examined in order to gather evidence. There were 5789 people included in a total of 4 studies in China, France, Italy and Spain.
According to the results, the Mediterranean diet can help elderly people to be more active, have increased levels of energy, maintain muscle strength and have good weight.
Still, it is not clear whether the diet could protect these people from the appearance of many other illnesses and diseases. Some of the important factors like their social class, age, gender, alcohol, exercising, smoking etc. weren’t measured. Greater studies are needed in order to gain better results on the effects of the Mediterranean diet in elderly people and whether it decreases their risk of becoming frail.
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