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June 2015 Issue

Mediterranean Diet Slashes Heart Disease

Close adherence to a Mediterranean diet can reduce heart disease by up to 47 percent, according to a study of 2,500 Greek adults in the general population (aged 18 to 89.) Researchers found that those who adhered most closely to a Mediterranean diet—rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish, and olive oil, and moderate in wine—over a 10-year period had the most benefit in terms of heart health, compared to similar adults who did not follow this diet. In fact, on a scale of 1 to 55 related to diet adherence, each one-point increase in adherence was linked with a 3 percent drop in heart disease risk. This study highlights that the Mediterranean diet is beneficial for all types of people, regardless of age, gender, and health status.  

(American College of Cardiology’s 64th Annual  Scientific Session )