Daily Archives: January 11, 2017

The New Mediterranean Diet Italian Pyramid

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I’ve been taking a closer look at the Mediterranean Diet in order to better understand the relationship to Dementia. There is a complex theoretical underpinning behind the construct of the Mediterranean Diet.

One aspect to understanding the Mediterranean Diet is a knowledge of dietary components. This was originally set out in terms of a Mediterranean food pyramid. The pyramid illustrates foods that should be consumed more frequently at the bottom of the pyramid whilst less frequently consumed foods are placed at the top of the pyramid.

More recently, INRAN (the Italian National Institute for Research on Food and Nutrion) has developed a modern version of the Mediterranean Diet. This is adapted to the Italian ecosystem and adds lifestyle elements.

This development is well explained in this paper by Vitiello and colleagues. The new pyramid adds conviviality – enjoying food as part of a social experience. Daily physical activity is included as an adjunct. There is also a reference to sustainability by preferentially utilising locally sourced products.

This answers the question of whether the Mediterranean Diet should be considered to be a cultural practice as well as a reductionist approach to simply identifying foods that are consumed. This helps the public to understand how they can adopt the diet.

From the perspective of science on the other hand, we need to be clear on exactly what the Mediterranean Diet means in terms of the research findings. To understand that concept we need to take a closer look at the research tools that have been used to investigate the Mediterranean Diet.

Index: There are indices for the TAWOP site here and here

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The California Health Information Exchange – Cal Index

The above video shows a summary of the California Health Information Exchange referred to as Cal Index. There is more information here but what I found interesting was that this was developed by a non-profit organisation illustrating the variety of organisations which are making health information exchanges possible.

Appendix A – Other Posts in the Series on Health Information Exchanges

Arizona Statewide Health Information Exchange

The Arkansas Health Information Exchange – SHARE

Health Information Exchanges

HIPPA and Health Information Exchanges

Creating a Health Information Exchange in Arizona

Appendix B – Definition of Health Information Exchange

This is the definition of the Health Information Exchange that I use (Hersh et al, 2015)

Health information exchange (HIE), the electronic sharing of clinical information across the boundaries of health care organizations‘.

Index: There are indices for the TAWOP site here and here

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TAWOP Channel: You can follow the TAWOP Channel on YouTube by clicking on this link.

Responses: If you have any comments, you can leave them below or alternatively e-mail justinmarley17@yahoo.co.uk.

Disclaimer: The comments made here represent the opinions of the author and do not represent the profession or any body/organisation. The comments made here are not meant as a source of medical advice and those seeking medical advice are advised to consult with their own doctor. The author is not responsible for the contents of any external sites that are linked to in this blog.

Conflicts of Interest: *For potential conflicts of interest please see the About section.