Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journal:
British Medical Journal
Size of study:
Eating a Mediterranean Diet is associated with longer telomere length — an established marker of slower aging. A Mediterranean Diet is rich in plants, whole grains, nuts, lean protein such as fish and olive oil and is well established as a heart healthy practice. This study suggests that the mechanism whereby this way of eating leads to lower CVD risk is via mitigation of telomere shortening.