As our population ages, the hunt is ON to slow the aging process. And some spectacular progress is being made.
To give you an example of the enormity of the topic, approximately 300,000 articles on aging have been published since 2013.
Plus, almost 80 experiments have been conducted with mammals, including humans, that have CONFIRMED certain lifestyle interventions CAN prevent or delay age-related diseases, such as cancer.
Let’s take a closer look…
An aging intervention
Researchers have identified several indicators of aging, or molecular signatures. In addition, they’ve pinpointed four primary causes of aging—genomic instability, shortening of telomeres, epigenetic alterations, and an imbalance between protein synthesis and degradation.
Now, I’ll spare you the nitty gritty details. But these processes are all interconnected—and aging results from their combined action.
The good news is, you CAN take steps to intervene. And doing so can ward off disease and increase longevity.
Dietary intervention appears to be the most effective tool in our arsenal.
That’s because providing the body with proper nutrition can help prevent or slow a key indicator of aging—which is when our nutrient sensing mechanism begins to misfire.
When that happens, our bodies don’t crave the nutrients needed for proper growth, development, or renewal of cells. (Plus, energy levels will drop.)
That’s where a Mediterranean-style diet can help…
Delicious diet permits healthier aging
I’m always touting the benefits of a Mediterranean-style diet. After all, research shows it can protect against many age-related diseases, like Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer, and more.
Mediterranean-style diets focus on lean proteins, fresh produce, healthy fats, and wine (in moderation)—for good reason…
- Eating nuts is associated with less dyslipidemia—which increases your risk of clogged arteries, stroke, heart disease, and more.
- Enjoying adequate protein—from grass-fed and -finished meat, wild-caught fish and seafood, and more. It supports muscle mass, which is important for staying active well into your golden years. Plus, red meat and oily fish provide vitamin B and iron.
- Adding plenty of fiber—fresh veggies and seasonal fruit—to your diet can ease digestion, while potentially protecting against gastrointestinal diseases, like colon cancer.
- Consuming calcium and vitamin D-rich foods, like nuts and some full-fat dairy products, can promote better bone health—and might keep osteoporosis at bay.
- Increasing your intake of antioxidants—from all of the delicious components of the Medi diet—can protect against pathological aging, like stroke, heart attack, dementia, and more.
- Avoiding refined sugars—from various sources, like pastries, sodas, and more—will boost key parameters of physical and mental health.
Not to mention, there are plenty more benefits attached to this diet. So, while we wait for the other indicators to prove fruitful for us to make interventions…
Let’s stick to these simple dietary changes and make them lifelong habits.
To learn more about Mediterranean-style diets, check out The Hamptons Diet and The A-List Diet, found under the “books” tab of my website.
“Scientific Advances and Dietary Measures to Slow Down Aging.” Medscape, 02/22/2023. (medscape.com/viewarticle/988578)