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Letter: patients who have both sarcopenia and frailty have similar prognosis to those with either condition separately.

Theodoros Alexopoulos, Larisa Vasilieva, Meropi D Kontogianni, Iliana Mani, Alexandra Alexopoulou,

Aliment Pharmacol Ther (Alimentary pharmacology & therapeutics)
[2021, 54(7):981-982]

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Myostatin in combination with creatine phosphokinase or albumin may differentiate patients with cirrhosis and sarcopenia.

Theodoros Alexopoulos, Larisa Vasilieva, Meropi D Kontogianni, Roxane Tenta, Alexandra Georgiou, Evangelia Stroumpouli, Iliana Mani, Alexandra Alexopoulou,

<h4>Background/objectives</h4>In patients with liver cirrhosis (LC), sarcopenia is correlated with frequent complications and increased mortality. Myostatin-a myokine-is a potential biomarker of skeletal mass and/or sarcopenia. The aim of this study was to examine the association between myostatin and muscle-mass and evaluate myostatin as a biomarker of sarcopenia in LC.<h4>Methods</h4>Skeletal-muscle-index (SMI) ... Read more >>

Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol (American journal of physiology. Gastrointestinal and liver physiology)
[2021, :]

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Higher refined cereal grain intake is positively associated with apnoea-hypopnoea index in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea.

Ioanna Kechribari, Meropi D Kontogianni, Michael Georgoulis, Kallirroi Lamprou, Emmanouil Vagiakis, Nikos Yiannakouris,

<h4>Background</h4>Given that obesity is a well-known risk factor for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) development, dietary habits may be involved in its pathogenesis. However, little is known about the associations between dietary habits and OSA severity. The present study aimed to investigate possible associations between cereal grain intake and apnoea/hypopnoea indices ... Read more >>

J Hum Nutr Diet (Journal of human nutrition and dietetics : the official journal of the British Dietetic Association)
[2021, :]

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Malnutrition in Hospitalised Children-An Evaluation of the Efficacy of Two Nutritional Screening Tools.

Christina N Katsagoni, Olga Cheirakaki, Anastasia Hatzoglou, Ourania Zerva, Alexandra Koulieri, Konstantina Loizou, Emmanouela Vasileiadi, Maria Toilou, Kalliopi-Anna Poulia, Meropi D Kontogianni,

Nutritional risk screening (NRS) is not yet established in many clinical settings. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of two NRS tools; the Paediatric Yorkhill Malnutrition Score (PYMS) and the Screening Tool for the Assessment of Malnutrition in Paediatrics (STAMP), compared to the global dietitians' clinical judgment. The goal ... Read more >>

Nutrients (Nutrients)
[2021, 13(4):]

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Assessment of dietary habits and the adequacy of dietary intake of patients with cirrhosis-the KIRRHOS study.

Alexandra Georgiou, Mary Yannakoulia, Georgios V Papatheodoridis, Melanie Deutsch, Alexandra Alexopoulou, John Vlachogiannakos, Panagiota Ioannidou, Maria-Vasiliki Papageorgiou, Theodoros Voulgaris, Nikolaos Papadopoulos, Panagiotis Tsibouris, Meropi D Kontogianni,

<h4>Background & aims</h4>Undernutrition is widely prevalent in patients with cirrhosis and affects prognosis. Given the lack of data regarding the dietary intake (DI) and habits of patients with cirrhosis, the aim of the present study was to evaluate them by assessing diet's adequacy compared to the new guidelines, and the ... Read more >>

Clin Nutr (Clinical nutrition (Edinburgh, Scotland))
[2021, 40(6):3992-3998]

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Association of adherence to the Mediterranean diet and physical activity habits with the presence of insomnia in patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

Ioanna Kechribari, Meropi D Kontogianni, Michael Georgoulis, Kallirroi Lamprou, Elena Critselis, Emmanouil Vagiakis, Nikos Yiannakouris,

<h4>Purpose</h4>Insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are among the most prevalent sleep disorders and frequently co-occur, defining the sleep apnea-insomnia syndrome. However, data exploring associations between insomnia and lifestyle habits in patients with OSA are lacking. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate potential associations between insomnia presence ... Read more >>

Sleep Breath (Sleep & breathing = Schlaf & Atmung)
[2021, :]

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A weight-loss Mediterranean diet/lifestyle intervention ameliorates inflammation and oxidative stress in patients with obstructive sleep apnea: results of the "MIMOSA" randomized clinical trial.

Michael Georgoulis, Nikos Yiannakouris, Roxane Tenta, Elizabeth Fragopoulou, Ioanna Kechribari, Kallirroi Lamprou, Eleni Perraki, Emmanοuil Vagiakis, Meropi D Kontogianni,

<h4>Purpose</h4>Inflammation and oxidative stress are implicated in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) pathophysiology. We aimed at exploring whether the combination of a weight-loss Mediterranean diet/lifestyle intervention with OSA standard care, i.e., continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) prescription, can lead to greater improvements in inflammation and oxidative stress, compared to standard care ... Read more >>

Eur J Nutr (European journal of nutrition)
[2021, 60(7):3799-3810]

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Effect of Differently Fed Farmed Gilthead Sea Bream Consumption on Platelet Aggregation and Circulating Haemostatic Markers among Apparently Healthy Adults: A Double-Blind Randomized Crossover Trial.

Agathi Ntzouvani, Smaragdi Antonopoulou, Elizabeth Fragopoulou, Meropi D Kontogianni, Tzortzis Nomikos, Anastasia Mikellidi, Μarianna Xanthopoulou, Nick Kalogeropoulos, Demosthenes Panagiotakos,

Fish consumption beneficially affects coagulation markers. Few dietary intervention studies have investigated differently fed farmed fish against these cardio-metabolic risk factors in humans. This double-blind randomized crossover trial evaluated differently fed farmed gilthead sea bream consumption against platelet aggregation and circulating haemostatic markers among apparently healthy adults. Subjects aged 30-65 ... Read more >>

Nutrients (Nutrients)
[2021, 13(2):]

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The effectiveness of a weight-loss Mediterranean diet/lifestyle intervention in the management of obstructive sleep apnea: Results of the "MIMOSA" randomized clinical trial.

Michael Georgoulis, Nikos Yiannakouris, Ioanna Kechribari, Kallirroi Lamprou, Eleni Perraki, Emmanouil Vagiakis, Meropi D Kontogianni,

<h4>Background & aims</h4>Although continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the first-line treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), lifestyle interventions have also emerged as complementary therapeutic choices. We aimed to explore whether the addition of a weight-loss Mediterranean diet/lifestyle intervention to OSA standard care, i.e. CPAP prescription and brief written healthy ... Read more >>

Clin Nutr (Clinical nutrition (Edinburgh, Scotland))
[2021, 40(3):850-859]

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A High Polyphenol Diet Improves Psychological Well-Being: The Polyphenol Intervention Trial (PPhIT).

Meropi D Kontogianni, Aswathy Vijayakumar, Ciara Rooney, Rebecca L Noad, Katherine M Appleton, Danielle McCarthy, Michael Donnelly, Ian S Young, Michelle C McKinley, Pascal P McKeown, Jayne V Woodside,

Mental ill health is currently one of the leading causes of disease burden worldwide. A growing body of data has emerged supporting the role of diet, especially polyphenols, which have anxiolytic and antidepressant-like properties. The aim of the present study was to assess the effect of a high polyphenol diet ... Read more >>

Nutrients (Nutrients)
[2020, 12(8):]

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Comparison of the Mediterranean diet and the Dietary Approach Stop Hypertension in reducing the risk of 10-year fatal and non-fatal CVD events in healthy adults: the ATTICA Study (2002-2012).

Elena Critselis, Meropi D Kontogianni, Ekavi Georgousopoulou, Christina Chrysohoou, Dimitrios Tousoulis, Christos Pitsavos, Demosthenes B Panagiotakos,

<h4>Objective</h4>To compare the Mediterranean and Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diets in deterring 10-year CVD.<h4>Design</h4>Prospective cohort (n 2020) with a 10-year follow-up period for the occurrence of combined (fatal or non-fatal) CVD incidence (International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-10). Baseline adherence to the Mediterranean and DASH diets was assessed via ... Read more >>

Public Health Nutr (Public health nutrition)
[2021, 24(9):2746-2757]

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Cardiometabolic Benefits of a Weight-Loss Mediterranean Diet/Lifestyle Intervention in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea: The "MIMOSA" Randomized Clinical Trial.

Michael Georgoulis, Nikos Yiannakouris, Ioanna Kechribari, Kallirroi Lamprou, Eleni Perraki, Emmanouil Vagiakis, Meropi D Kontogianni,

Although continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the first-line treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), its cardiometabolic benefits are questionable. Our aim was to explore whether the combination of a weight-loss Mediterranean diet/lifestyle intervention with OSA standard care leads to greater cardiometabolic improvements compared with standard care alone. We randomly ... Read more >>

Nutrients (Nutrients)
[2020, 12(6):]

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Exploring factors influencing dietary intake during hospitalization: Results from analyzing nutritionDay's database (2006-2013).

Meropi D Kontogianni, Kalliopi Anna Poulia, Fragkiskos Bersimis, Isabella Sulz, Karin Schindler, Michael Hiesmayr, Michail Chourdakis,

<h4>Background & aims</h4>Hospital food consumption can affect patients' outcome leading to prolonged hospital stay or even increased mortality. In the present study, the nutritionDay database was analyzed (period 2006-2013) to explore the reasons for reduced food intake and associated factors during hospitalization as reported by the patients per se.<h4>Methods</h4>Data from ... Read more >>

Clin Nutr ESPEN (Clinical nutrition ESPEN)
[2020, 38:263-270]

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Associations between Red Meat Intake and Sleep Parameters in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Ioanna Kechribari, Meropi D Kontogianni, Michael Georgoulis, Kallirroi Lamprou, Irene Mourati, Emmanuel Vagiakis, Nikos Yiannakouris,

<h4>Background</h4>Although lifestyle changes have been investigated as a therapeutic choice in regard to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) severity, data exploring associations between apnea and hypopnea indices and dietary habits are scarce.<h4>Objective</h4>The aim was to investigate possible relationships between apnea and hypopnea indices and red meat intake in a cohort of ... Read more >>

J Acad Nutr Diet (Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)
[2020, 120(6):1042-1053]

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Evaluation of the effectiveness of eight screening tools in detecting risk of malnutrition in cirrhotic patients: the KIRRHOS study.

Alexandra Georgiou, Georgios V Papatheodoridis, Alexandra Alexopoulou, Melanie Deutsch, Ioannis Vlachogiannakos, Panagiota Ioannidou, Maria-Vasiliki Papageorgiou, Nikolaos Papadopoulos, Panagiotis Tsibouris, Adamantia Prapa, Mary Yannakoulia, Meropi D Kontogianni,

Malnutrition risk screening in cirrhotic patients is crucial, as poor nutritional status negatively affects disease prognosis and survival. Given that a variety of malnutrition screening tools is usually used in routine clinical practice, the effectiveness of eight screening tools in detecting malnutrition risk in cirrhotic patients was sought. A total ... Read more >>

Br J Nutr (The British journal of nutrition)
[2019, 122(12):1368-1376]

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Validation of cutoffs for skeletal muscle mass index based on computed tomography analysis against dual energy X-ray absorptiometry in patients with cirrhosis: the KIRRHOS study.

Alexandra Georgiou, Georgios V Papatheodoridis, Alexandra Alexopoulou, Melanie Deutsch, Ioannis Vlachogiannakos, Panagiota Ioannidou, Maria-Vasiliki Papageorgiou, Nikolaos Papadopoulos, Mary Yannakoulia, Meropi D Kontogianni,

Background:Accurate assessments of muscle mass in patients with cirrhosis are necessary in clinical practice. Computed tomography (CT) of the upper abdomen has been proposed as a useful method for quantifying muscle mass. Recently, Carey et al developed specific cutoffs for muscle wasting based on the skeletal muscle index at the ... Read more >>

Ann Gastroenterol (Annals of gastroenterology)
[2020, 33(1):80-86]

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Malnutrition in older adults: Correlations with social, diet-related, and neuropsychological factors.

Konstantinos Katsas, Eirini Mamalaki, Meropi D Kontogianni, Costas A Anastasiou, Mary H Kosmidis, Iraklis Varlamis, Georgios M Hadjigeorgiou, Efthimios Dardiotis, Paraskevi Sakka, Nikolaos Scarmeas, Mary Yannakoulia,

<h4>Background</h4>The number of older adults is increasing rapidly. Malnutrition is a major problem in this age group, which may adversely affect health and quality of life. Several physiological, socioeconomic, and neuropsychological factors can lead to malnutrition.<h4>Objectives</h4>The aim of this study was to evaluate the nutritional status of community-dwelling older adults, ... Read more >>

Nutrition (Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.))
[2020, 71:110640]

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Adherence to a DASH-style diet and cardiovascular disease risk: The 10-year follow-up of the ATTICA study.

Eirini Bathrellou, Meropi D Kontogianni, Evaggelia Chrysanthopoulou, Ekavi Georgousopoulou, Christina Chrysohoou, Christos Pitsavos, Demosthenes Panagiotakos,

<h4>Background</h4>Recent findings suggest a protective role of the DASH dietary pattern on cardiovascular disease (CVD) incidence and mortality.<h4>Aim</h4>In this direction, we aimed at investigating the relationship between adherence to a DASH-style diet and CVD risk in a Greek cohort.<h4>Methods</h4>This sub-sample from the ATTICA epidemiological study consisted of 669 adults with ... Read more >>

Nutr Health (Nutrition and health)
[2019, 25(3):225-230]

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Postprandial glucose response after the consumption of three mixed meals based on the carbohydrate counting method in adults with type 1 diabetes. A randomized crossover trial.

Emilia Papakonstantinou, Kleopatra Papavasiliou, Chrystalleni Maouri, Emmanuella Magriplis, Stavros Pappas, Stavros Bousboulas, Anastasios Koutsovasilis, Maria Pappas, Alexis Sotiropoulos, Meropi D Kontogianni,

<h4>Background & aims</h4>People on intensive insulin therapy usually calculate their premeal insulin dose based on the total amount of consumed carbohydrates. However, arguments have been expressed supporting that also the protein and fat content of the meals should be considered when estimating premeal insulin dose. We examined the effectiveness of ... Read more >>

Clin Nutr ESPEN (Clinical nutrition ESPEN)
[2019, 31:48-55]

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Mediterranean Lifestyle in Relation to Cognitive Health: Results from the HELIAD Study.

Costas A Anastasiou, Mary Yannakoulia, Meropi D Kontogianni, Mary H Kosmidis, Eirini Mamalaki, Efthimios Dardiotis, Giorgos Hadjigeorgiou, Paraskevi Sakka, Angeliki Tsapanou, Anastasia Lykou, Nikolaos Scarmeas,

Many lifestyle factors have been linked to cognitive function but little is known about their combined effect. An overall lifestyle pattern for people living in the Mediterranean basin has been proposed, including diet, but also physical activity, sleep and daily living activities with social/intellectual aspects. We aimed to examine the ... Read more >>

Nutrients (Nutrients)
[2018, 10(10):]

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Improvements in clinical characteristics of patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, after an intervention based on the Mediterranean lifestyle: a randomised controlled clinical trial.

Christina N Katsagoni, George V Papatheodoridis, Panagiota Ioannidou, Melanie Deutsch, Alexandra Alexopoulou, Nikolaos Papadopoulos, Maria-Vasiliki Papageorgiou, Elizabeth Fragopoulou, Meropi D Kontogianni,

Lifestyle interventions remain the cornerstone therapy for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). This randomised controlled single-blind clinical trial investigated the effect of Mediterranean diet (MD) or Mediterranean lifestyle, along with weight loss, in NAFLD patients. In all, sixty-three overweight/obese patients (50 (sd 11) years, BMI=31·8 (sd 4·5) kg/m2, 68 % ... Read more >>

Br J Nutr (The British journal of nutrition)
[2018, 120(2):164-175]

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Celiac disease and non-celiac gluten or wheat sensitivity and health in later life: A review.

Eirini Bathrellou, Meropi D Kontogianni, Demosthenes B Panagiotakos,

Celiac disease (CD) and non-gluten (or wheat) sensitivity (NCGS) are two gluten-related disorders, the treatment of which relies on dietary withdrawal of gluten (absolute and lifelong in the case of CD patients). However, these conditions differ in their pathophysiology and impact on health. CD is an autoimmune disorder of the ... Read more >>

Maturitas (Maturitas)
[2018, 112:29-33]

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Adherence to the Mediterranean diet and IVF success rate among non-obese women attempting fertility.

Dimitrios Karayiannis, Meropi D Kontogianni, Christina Mendorou, Minas Mastrominas, Nikos Yiannakouris,

STUDY QUESTION:Is adherence to the Mediterranean diet (MedDiet) associated with better IVF performance in women attempting fertility? SUMMARY ANSWER:Greater adherence to the MedDiet, defined using the validated Mediterranean diet score (MedDietScore), was associated with a higher likelihood of achieving clinical pregnancy and live birth among non-obese women <35 years of ... Read more >>

Hum Reprod (Human reproduction (Oxford, England))
[2018, 33(3):494-502]

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Serum levels of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) and the decoy soluble receptor for AGEs (sRAGE) can identify non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in age-, sex- and BMI-matched normo-glycemic adults.

Susana A Palma-Duran, Meropi D Kontogianni, Antonis Vlassopoulos, Shudong Zhao, Aikaterini Margariti, Michael Georgoulis, George Papatheodoridis, Emilie Combet,

BACKGROUND:Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a serious health problem affecting ~25% of the global population. While NAFLD pathogenesis is still unclear, multiple NAFLD parameters, including reduced insulin sensitivity, impaired glucose metabolism and increased oxidative stress are hypothesised to foster the formation of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs). Given the link ... Read more >>

Metabolism (Metabolism: clinical and experimental)
[2018, 83:120-127]

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A "healthy diet-optimal sleep" lifestyle pattern is inversely associated with liver stiffness and insulin resistance in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

Christina N Katsagoni, George V Papatheodoridis, Maria-Vasiliki Papageorgiou, Panagiota Ioannidou, Melanie Deutsch, Alexandra Alexopoulou, Nikolaos Papadopoulos, Elisabeth Fragopoulou, Meropi D Kontogianni,

Several lifestyle habits have been described as risk factors for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Given that both healthy and unhealthy habits tend to cluster, the aim of this study was to identify lifestyle patterns and explore their potential associations with clinical characteristics of individuals with NAFLD. One hundred and ... Read more >>

Appl Physiol Nutr Metab (Applied physiology, nutrition, and metabolism = Physiologie appliquee, nutrition et metabolisme)
[2017, 42(3):250-256]

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