Mediterranean Diet Fights Heart Disease, Study FindsSubmitted by emalvini on Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:33
Mediterranean Diet Fights Heart Disease, Study Finds
By MICHAEL SMITH, MedPage Today North American Correspondent
Feb. 25, 2013
Eating a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil and nuts lowers the rate of major cardiovascular events, at least among people at increased risk for heart disease, a new study found.
In a randomized trial in Spain in high-risk people, those who ate the Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or mixed nuts saw a reduction in the rate of major cardiovascular events like heart attacks and strokes by nearly 30 percent compared with a control group eating a low-fat diet, according to Dr. Ramón Estruch of the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, and colleagues.
The results support the use of the Mediterranean diet for "primary prevention" of heart disease, the researchers wrote online in the New England Journal of Medicine.