- Among older adults, adhering to a Mediterranean-type diet might confer some protection against symptoms of depression, which are common in this age group.
Why this matters
- This diet is already well known for its ties to good health and emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts, olive oil, and animal products in moderation.
- Components of adherence also include exercise and enjoying food with family and friends.
- 24.7% of older adults screened positive for depression symptoms, women more frequently.
- Lower education (P=.012), lower income (P=.003), and comorbidity (P<.001 were all tied to depression risk.>
- A Mediterranean diet specifically was not significantly associated with scores on the Geriatric Depression Scale (P=.051), but a Mediterranean dietary pattern was tied to decreased likelihood of developing late-life depression.
- Cross-sectional study, Greece.
- Participants completed a questionnaire, the Geriatric Depression Scale-15.
- No causation established.
- Results presented without peer review at a conference.