Mediterranean diet protects older people from becoming frail, says new review

Mediterranean diet, frail, frailty, quality of life, arthritis informationFollowing the Mediterranean diet may reduce the risk of frailty in older people says a review published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Looking at data from over 5,750 people, experts found that those whose diet emphasised plant-based foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts, had a lower risk of becoming frail.

“We found the evidence was very consistent that older people who follow a Mediterranean diet had a lower risk of becoming frail,” explains Dr Kate Walters, one of the researchers. “People who followed a Mediterranean diet the most were overall less than half as likely to become frail over a nearly four-year period compared with those who followed it the least.”

Top tips for a Mediterranean diet (source: NHS Choices):

You can make your diet more Mediterranean-style by:

  • eating plenty of starchy foods, such as bread and pasta
  • eating plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • including fish in your diet
  • eating less meat
  • choosing products made from vegetable and plant oils, such as olive oil

Click here to read the original research.

For more in-depth features, interviews and information, subscribe to Arthritis Digest magazine, a popular title that’s published six times a year. Click here for the digital version or tel 0845 643 8470 to order your had copy. You’ll know what your doctor is talking about, what new drugs are in the pipeline and be up to date on helpful products.