Antidotes for Aging Parts

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., November/December 2007

7 ways to maintain your health and prevent disease as you age.

Heart (and Blood Vessels)

Over the years, the heart and artery walls thicken and stiffen, which often results in high blood pressure and plaque buildup. Earlier this year, Greek scientists reported that the more closely people followed a Mediterranean diet—rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, fish and poultry, dairy and olive oil, with moderate amounts of wine and little red meat—the less likely they were to develop high blood pressure, high cholesterol or obesity.

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