Level of adherence to the Mediterranean diet among elderly individuals living in Mediterranean islands: nutritional report from the Medis Study

Ecol Food Nutr. 2009 Jan-Feb;48(1):76-87. doi: 10.1080/03670240802577390.


The aim of this work was to evaluate the level of adherence to the traditional Mediterranean diet among 1190 elderly adults living in the Greek islands and Cyprus.

Methodology: The retrieved information included demographic, bio-clinical and dietary characteristics.

Results: The level of adherence to this dietary pattern was 61% in both men and women. People in rural areas had slightly higher level of adherence compared to those living in urban areas (62% vs. 60%).

Conclusion: The level of adherence to the traditional Mediterranean diet was moderate. People living in rural areas seem to better hold these traditional dietary habits.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Diet, Mediterranean*
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mediterranean Region
  • Rural Population
  • Urban Population