Study: Mediterranean diet could lengthen life

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IT THIS IS NOT NECESSARILY NEW.

>> WE'VE KNOWN FOR SOME TIME THAT A MEDITERRANEAN DIET CAN HAVE A LOT OF ADVANTAGES.

HERE'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IN TERMS OF THE TYPES OF FOOD.

PRETTY NICE, RIGHT? >> CATERING.

>> THAT'S OUR BREAKFAST THIS MORNING.

WE'VE KNOWN FOR SOME TIME IT CAN DECREASE THE LIKELIHOOD OF HEART DISEASE, STROKES, BUT WHAT WAS INTERESTING THEY LOOKED AT 4,600 WOMEN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 40 AND 72, THEY WERE ON THIS DIET, THEY LOOKED SPECIFICALLY WHAT THEY WERE EATING AND THEN THEY TOOK A BLOOD TEST WHERE THEY MEASURED SOMETHING SPECIFICALLY KNOWN AS TELEMERES, BASICALLY SORT OF A PROP HERE, JOLLY RANCHER CANDY, NOT PART OF THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET BUT YOU SEE, THERE'S THE ANIMATION THERE.

LET ME SHOW YOU WHEN YOU LOOK AT A PIECE OF CANDY LIKE THIS, THE CANDY IS THE CHROMOSOME, THE TELEMERES ARE THE ENDS OF THAT CHROMO CHROMOSOME.

AS YOU TANLG AGE THE TELOMERES SHORTER.

PEOPLE ON THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET HAVE LONGER TELOMERES, WHERE THE LONGEVITY QUESTION GETS INTO, IT'S GOOD FOR YOUR HEART, PREVENTING STROKE, BUT YOU CAN LIVE LONGER BECAUSE OF YOUR GENETICS IS WHAT THE STUDY FINDS.

>> MEDITERRANEAN PEOPLE LIVE LONGER, DOES IT BEAR OUT IMPEERICALLY? >> IT DOES SEEM TO BEAR OUT.

PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THAT PART OF THE WORLD AND EAT THESE FOODS REGULARLY SEEM TO LIVE LONGER AND SEEMS TRANSFERRABLE MEANING PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTRIES WHO EAT A PRIMARILY MEDITERRANEAN DIET GET THE BENEFIT AS WELL.

IT IS INTERESTING, MICHAELA, I HEARD YOU MENTION THIS, THIS WAS WOMEN ONLY.

WE DON'T KNOW IF THIS WOULD BEAR OUT IN MEN.

THERE'S A LOT OF REASON TO SUSPECT IT WOULD.

WE DON'T KNOW IF PEOPLE WHO TYPICALLY NEVER ATE A MEDITERRANEAN DIET IF THEY EAT IT LATER ON IN LIFE IF THEY GET THE SAME BENEFITS.

>> TO PUT A FINER POINT, THIS IS VEGETABLES, FRUITS, NUTS, BEANS, OLIVE OIL, FISH, IT DOESN'T MENTION ANYTHING ABOUT JOLLY RANCHERS SADLY BUT ONE OF THE BEST NEWS IS RED WINE.

>> I DIDN'T SEE RED WINE.

>> RED WINE! >> THERE WAS A LONG BREAK IN BETWEEN THE SEGMENTS AND YOU KNOW — NO, BUT YOU KNOW, IT'S INTERESTING.

YOU HAVE ALL THOSE FOODS AND THERE'S SOME KEY WORDS IN THERE AS WELL.

YOU WANT, YOU CAN EAT FAT AS PART OF THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET.

>> GOOD FAT.

>> YOU DON'T WANT SATURATED FAT.

YOU WANT UNAT SATURATED FAT.

>> OLIVE OIL.

>> GRAINS, OATMEAL, THIS COULD.

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