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Mediterranean Diet Cuts Heart Disease Risk, New Study Confirms


Another research study has confirmed what previous studies only hinted at—eating a Mediterranean diet could add years to your life.

American researchers from from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) teamed up to study the effects of the Mediterranean diet on nearly 800 U.S. firefighters.
The study published online in PLOS ONE says that those firefighters who adhered closely to a Mediterranean diet had a healthful leg up for climbing ladders. It writes further, such young, working US adults also had less risk factors for heart disease compared to those who didn’t followed similar diet.

The more closely the men stuck to the diet, the lower their risk of developing some key markers for potential heart trouble, said Dr. Stefanos Kales, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health.

Kales says an individual is on the wrong track if consumes a burger, soda and fries. He adds it is better to eat chicken or grilled fish with salad instead of fries and burger.

The Mediterranean primarily diet consists of eating fruits, vegetables, olive oil, nuts, beans, and drinking moderate amounts of wine. Meat is also eaten infrequently.

The diet does not allow too much consumption of sweets, processed meat and also red meats. As a result it leads to lower risk of deaths from high blood pressure, obesity and type 2 diabetes apart from other types of heart diseases.

According to several past studies, a Mediterranean diet – one lower in red meat and higher in fish, vegetables, olive oil and red wine – reduces the risk of stroke, heart failure and thrombosis compared with a typical U.S. or Western European diet.