“Mediterranean diet improves gut health in elders; tied to lower frailty”

Mediterranean diet improves gut health in elders; tied to lower frailty,” by Alicia Lasek, McKnight’s LTC News



“Elders who adhered to the diet had an increased amount of the gut flora that are associated with lower frailty risk and improved cognitive function. In addition, these healthy gut microorganisms are linked to a lower risk of disease-associated inflammation, said Paul W. O’Toole, Ph.D., from University College Cork, Ireland. Age and body mass index did not appear to affect the results. … The traditional Mediterranean diet includes large amounts of fresh fruits, vegetables, beans and grains, as well as olive oil and nuts.  Dairy products, eggs, fish and poultry are eaten in low to moderate amounts, according to the American Heart Association.”

LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):

Ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure.