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17 - The Wonderful World of Microbiota and the Value of the Mediterranean Diet

from Part II - Caring For Your Body

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 June 2023

Elizabeth Eckstrom
Affiliation:
Oregon Health and Science University
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For many diseases, the Mediterranean Diet is better at reducing the risk of developing heart disease, cancer, dementia, osteoarthritis, and other causes of disease and mortality than any pills a doctor can prescribe. 80% of Americans are not eating the foods they need to give them these benefits. Beginning a Mediterranean diet early can bestow life-long advantages. Following the Mediterranean Diet has been shown to reduce the risk of developing frailty by as much as 70%. Food consumption the most important contributor to changes in intestinal microbiota. Studies of the intestinal microbiome of people between 105-110 years of age reveal their similarity to younger people, rather than to old people. Good news is that intestinal microbiota has been found to be highly adaptable. If you change your diet, your intestinal world will rapidly change. Your microbiota could begin protecting you from risk of disease within just 2-3 weeks.

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The Gift of Aging
Growing Older with Purpose, Planning and Positivity
, pp. 112 - 116
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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