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BMJ. 1995 Dec 2;311(7018):1457-60.

Diet and overall survival in elderly people.

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National Centre for Nutrition, National School of Public Health, Athens, Greece.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the influence of a specific dietary pattern on overall survival.

DESIGN:

Cohort study.

SETTING:

Three rural Greek villages, the data from which were collected as part of an international cross cultural study of food habits in later life.

SUBJECTS:

182 elderly residents of the three villages.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

Overall mortality.

RESULTS:

Diet was assessed with a validated extensive semiquantitative questionnaire on food intake. A one unit increase in diet score, devised a priori on the basis of eight component characteristics of the traditional common diet in the Mediterranean region, was associated with a significant 17% reduction in overall mortality (95% confidence interval 1% to 31%).

CONCLUSION:

A diet meeting currently understood health criteria does predict survival among people.

PMID:
8520331
PMCID:
PMC2543726
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