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06 Sep Mediterranean diet and chronic diseases

Researchers have found that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, but also limited in sugar and processed meats, contributes to more healthy cell aging in women. Participants who followed the Mediterranean diet and similar nutritional plans also had a reduced risk of chronic illness.

The key conclusion is that following a healthy diet can help us maintain healthy cells and avoid certain chronic diseases. In a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, scientists used telomere lengths to assess cell aging. Telomeres are structures at the end of chromosomes that protect DNA. The aging process reduces them more than any other factor, but behavioral, psychological and environmental factors also have a reducing effect. Shorter telomeres are associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.

Please note that the emphasis should be on improving the overall quality of your diet, and not on highlighting individual foods or nutrients.

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