December 16, 2007 Looking for a heart-healthy eating plan? The Mediterranean diet might be right for you. The Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy green eating, plus a splash of flavorful olive oil and even a glass of good red wine, among the many components characterizing the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
A study of almost 400,000 people with an age range of 50 to 71 reports that greater adherence to a Mediterranean style diet reduced the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer by 22% and 17% in men, and 12% for women. The greater adherence to the diet type was associated with significant reductions in the risk of mortality from cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Archives of Internal Medicine
Volume 167, Number 22, Pages 2461-2468
"Mediterranean Dietary Pattern and Prediction of All-Cause Mortality in a US Population - Results From the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study"
Authors: P.N. Mitrou, V. Kipnis, A.C.M. Thiebaut, J. Reedy, A.F. Subar, E. Wirfalt, A. Flood, T. Mouw, A.R. Hollenbeck, M.F. Leitzmann, A. Schatzkin
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