Is the Mediterranean Diet linked to better physical fitness?

Is the Mediterranean Diet linked to better physical fitness
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As the Diet Wars rage on, the Mediterranean Diet may have scored another goal.

Researchers out of Spain, Uruguay, and Chile conducted a meta-analysis of the existing research up to January 2022 to determine if there was any association between greater adherence to the Mediterranean Diet and physical fitness at all age levels of adulthood.

Their results, which were published in the journal Advances in Nutrition, came in highly in favor of the Mediterranean Diet.

The researchers found that high adherence to the Mediterranean Diet was associated with higher cardiorespiratory fitness to the tune of 2.26 times greater odds than those with a low adherence to the Mediterranean Diet.

They also found that high adherence to the Mediterranean Diet was associated with higher musculoskeletal fitness to the tune of 1.26 times greater odds than those with a low adherence to the Mediterranean Diet.

These are no small findings, especially considering the immense health and longevity benefits being discovered every day regarding muscle mass, including such things as lowered all-cause mortality, possible protection against pulmonary embolisms, and anti-aging effects.

The Mediterranean Diet has also been found to potentially assist in weight loss and improve ones metabolic profile, two massive factors in health and disease prevention.

So far, the scientific research is looking fondly upon the Mediterranean Diet.

Does that mean it is for you, though?

Maybe, maybe not.

We all have unique dietary needs at unique stages of our lives, so it is always best to take in as much information as possible to make the best decisions possible.

So while this information is posted for informational purposes only rather than dietary advice, it might be best to put it in your reservoir and take it to your licensed health care professional to find out what is best for you.

And as always, keep climbing on your pursuit of great!

Reference: https://academic.oup.com/advances/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/advances/nmac104/6724381?redirectedFrom=fulltext


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