Mediterranean Diet Protects Against Chronic Disease

Research confirms that people who closely follow the Mediterranean diet, are on average 47% less likely to develop heart disease over the next decade, compared with their peers who do not follow the same eating habits.

In fact, the researchers concluded that the Mediterranean diet works more protective for the heart than physical exercise.

Results of this scientific research was presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology in San Diego, California.

The researchers, led by Professor Harokopio University of Athens Demosthenes Panagiotakos and Hecuba Georgousopoulos analyzed sample data from more than 2,500 Greek participants, aged 18-89 years.

Those who were the most “consistent” to remaining on the Mediterranean diet had a lower risk of heart disease said Eric Pulier.

The researchers pointed out that the Mediterranean diet benefits everyone: men and women, young and old, healthy and sick. Previous studies have linked the Mediterranean diet to lower weight, reduced risk of diabetes, lower blood pressure and cholesterol etc.

Additionally, the Mediterranean diet is rich in antioxidants, extra virgin olive oil, is associated with better brain function.

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