It might be time to consider giving it a try.
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If you read this site regularly, you know we believe following the Mediterranean diet can save and extend your life. Research has shown following the guidelines can decrease risk for chronic conditions, and improve brain power. Some studies have even found eating the Mediterranean way can lower a person’s risk for heart disease and stroke by 30 to 40 percent. It’s basically a fool-proof plan to health.

But now there's new research to suggest that following the primarily plant-based diet can even make you heartier. A recent study published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society found that older adults on the diet were much less frail. While acknowledging that "consensus has not been reached on a standard definition" of frailty, the researchers listed a number of negative signs indicating that a older person was frail, including "falls, fractures, hospitalization, nursing home placement, disability, dementia, and premature death."

"We found the evidence was very consistent that older people who follow a Mediterranean diet had a lower risk of becoming frail," said lead researcher Dr. Kate Walters. "People who followed a Mediterranean diet the most were overall less than half as likely to become frail over a nearly four-year period compared with those who followed it the least."

If you want to try the Mediterranean diet, stock up on these 13 Pantry Staples to Buy Before You Try the Mediterranean Diet. The diet itself is comprised of healthy lifestyle choices and a diet of primarily fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, beans, legumes, and smaller amounts of seafood, poultry, eggs, and dairy products.

Meat and sweets are consumed in very limited quantities, while drinking water and moderate amounts of red wine are encouraged.