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The role of diet on the longevity of elderly europeans - a study in the context of the european prospective investigation into cancer and nutrition

Objective

Most causes of death and disability among the elderly have strong nutritional components. We will use data on diet, sociodemographic characteristics and health of 4000 elderly from 8 EU countries, collected in the context of the EPIC study, to identify sociodemographic determinants of their diet and an overall dietary pattern that maximizes longevity. An optimal nutrition score for the elderly, allowing evaluation of the proximity and adaptability of their diet to the identified optimal dietary pattern will also be developed. The value of the proposed project is underlined by three facts:
a) the proportion of elderly in the EU is expected to increase dramatically
b) dietary data on the elderly are extremely sparse and aggregated and
c) changes in dietary habits may contribute, as much as health technologies, to the extension of life and improvement of its quality.

Funding Scheme

CON - Coordination of research actions

Coordinator

NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Address
Mikras Asias Street 75
11527 Athens
Greece

Participants (12)

CANCER RESEARCH UK
United Kingdom
Address
The Gibson Building, Radcliffe Infirmary
OX2 6HE Oxford
CENTRO PER LO STUDIO E LA PREVENZIONE ONCOLOGICA
Italy
Address
Via Di San Salvi 12
50135 Firenze
FONDO PER IL REGISTRO TUMORI RAGUSA
Italy
Address
Via Dante 109
97100 Ragusa
GERMAN INSTITUTE OF HUMAN NUTRITION
Germany
Address
Arthur-scheunert-allee 114-116
14558 Bergholz-rehbr Cke
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE
France
Address
Rue Camille Desmoulins 39, Institut Gustave Roussy
94805 Villejuif
INTERNATIONAL AGENCY FOR RESEARCH ON CANCER
France
Address
Cours Albert-thomas 150
69372 Lyon
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
Netherlands
Address
9,Antonie Van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9
3720 BA Bilthoven
THE MALMO DIET AND CANCER STUDY
Sweden
Address
University Hospital Mas
205 02 Malmoe
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Italy
Address
Via Sergio Pansini 5
80131 Napoli
UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTRE UTRECHT
Netherlands
Address
Heidelberglaan 100, Room D01.335
3508 GA Utrecht
UNIVERSITY OF AARHUS
Denmark
Address
Vennelyst Boulevard 6
8000 Aarhus C
UNIVERSITY OF TORINO
Italy
Address
Strada Provinciale 142
10060 Airasca