In an ongoing study on the benefits of the Mediterranean diet for aging longevity, a team of Spanish researchers have unveiled yet another reason to introduce a few more Greek salads into your routine. We've reported previously on how diets rich in fresh produce, nuts, olive oil and seafood – and low in sodium and red meat – may improve heart health and ultimately help you live longer. Now, new findings released by the large-scale research project PREDIMED have indicated that this culinary style could reduce the risk of stroke.

"Our study is the first to identify a gene-diet interaction affecting stroke in a nutrition intervention trial carried out over a number of years in thousands of men and women," said lead author José Ordovás, PhD, in a recent press release.

Ordovás specifically focused on individuals who were genetically predisposed to an increased stroke risk, and found that following the Mediterranean diet could help counteract this link. Based on these findings, he concluded that lifestyle factors like the food we eat could play a key role in preventing chronic ailments once seen as almost inevitable. 

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 795,000 people in America suffer a stroke every year. The results of this event can be detrimental to aging longevity, especially if it isn't treated quickly.  To learn more about how to improve your overall health and reduce the risk of heart disease and other serious conditions, contact the anti-aging doctors at Longevity Centres of America in Houston today. We specialize in rejuvenating treatments like infusion therapy and hormone pellet implants to help you age gracefully.