Effects of Green-MED Diet Via the Gut-fat-brain Axis (DIRECT-PLUS)

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Mediterranean (MED) diet, richer in plants/seeds (and dietary polyphenols) and low in processed meat (green-MED diet) may have a pronounced beneficial effect on age-related declines that begin in middle age, reflected by changes in adiposity, cognitive function, and cardiometabolic risk. The investigators hypothesize that long-term intake of this diet will significantly potentiate the effects of a healthy lifestyle (physical activity and Mediterranean diet), constituting a powerful strategy to halt or even reverse the progression of several age-related processes related to adiposity, cardiometabolic health and cognition. The investigators further hypothesize that lifestyle intervention might modify the gut microbiota profile and that autologous fecal microbiota supplement derived from the time of maximal weight loss might halt the expected subsequent regain phase.
Short titleDIRECT-PLUS
Effective start/end date1/01/1731/03/19


  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Obesity, Abdominal
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Hyperinsulinism
  • Glucose Metabolism Disorders
  • microbiome


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