By Amanda L. Chan HuffPost Healthy Living
We may be one step closer in that eternal quest to find the fountain of youth. A new study suggests eating a Mediterranean diet might increase lifespan.
The findings, published in the journal AGE, show that elderly people who eat a Mediterranean diet -- which is high in fish and vegetables and low in animal products like milk and red meat -- have about a 20 percent increased chance of living longer compared with their non-Mediterranean-eating counterparts.
"This means in practice that older people who eat a Mediterranean diet live an estimated 2-3 years longer than those who don't," Gianluca Tognon, scientist at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, said in a statement.
The study was based on data from the H70 study in Sweden; the H70 study has gone on for more than 40 years in the Swedish region, and included thousands of 70-year-olds, researchers said.
This is certainly not the first study to show a link between eating a Mediterranean diet and living a longer life. A 10-year study published earlier this year in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that men ages 55 to 69 who abide by a Mediterranean diet have an extended life expectancy of eight years, the Times of India reported. For women, the extended life expectancy is even higher, at up to 15 years.