EPIC working groups

The EPIC Elderly Project

The proportion of elderly people in the European population is increasing. It is thus critical to take into account the specific needs of this age group when setting health priorities. Diet plays a critical role in the health of the vulnerable population of elders. The EPIC Elderly study encompasses information from about 100 000 European men and women aged 60 years or older at recruitment followed up for many years.

Examples of this work include the identification of the current dietary patterns among elderly Europeans1 and their likely effects on survival2, as well as pointing to the Mediterranean dietary pattern as conducive to longevity3 and longer survival after myocardial infarction4. Moreover, it has been shown that increasing body weight in later life has adverse effects on the health of the elderly5.

Selected publications

  1. Bamia C et al. Dietary patterns among older Europeans: the EPIC-Elderly study. Br J Nutr. 2005 Jul;94(1):100-13. PMID: 16115339

  2. Bamia C et al. Dietary patterns and survival of older Europeans: the EPIC-Elderly Study (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition). Public Health Nutr. 2007 Jun;10(6):590-8. PMID: 17381929

  3. Trichopoulou A et al. Modified Mediterranean diet and survival: EPIC-Elderly prospective cohort study. BMJ. 2005 Apr 30;330(7498):991. PMID: 15820966

  4. Trichopoulou A et al. Modified Mediterranean diet and survival after myocardial infarction: the EPIC-Elderly study. Eur J Epidemiol. 2007;22(12):871-81. PMID: 17926134

  5. Bamia C et al. Weight change in later life and risk of death amongst the elderly: the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition-Elderly Network on Ageing and Health study. J Intern Med. 2010 Aug;268(2):133-44. PMID: 20210842

Contact details/Working Group leader

Antonia Trichopoulou, MD, PhD
Hellenic Health Foundation, 13 Kaisareias Street, Athens, GR-115 27, Greece