Mediterranean diet ‘may slow the ageing process by five years’

Following a Mediterranean-style diet slows the rate at which the brain shrinks by five years, according to a report by researchers at Columbia University, published in the journal Neurology.

The study indicates that a diet consisting of fruit and vegetables, fish and olive oil but little red meat or dairy products may be associated with losing fewer brain cells due to ageing.

The findings add weight to the theory that a healthy diet can stave off the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by stopping the brain from growing older.

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Elderly exercisers can expect an extra five years of life

Regular exercise in old age has as powerful an effect on life expectancy as giving up smoking, researchers say.

The analysis of 5,700 elderly men in Norway showed those doing three hours of exercise a week lived around five years longer than the sedentary.

The authors, writing in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, called for campaigns to encourage fitness in older people.

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