Mediterranean Diet Significantly Lowers Risk of Heart Attack

Mediterranean Diet Significantly Lowers Risk of Heart Attack


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uc0u8232 b BY CANDICE AVILES
b0 uc0u8232 u8232 It’92s no secret that a
Mediterranean diet is good for your heart. But now, a new study has produced more overwhelming
proof on just i how
i0 significant those health benefits can be ’97uc0u8232 u8232 The study published
in {field{*fldinst{HYPERLINK “http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1200303?query=OF&”}}{fldrslt cf3 ul ulc3 The New England Journal of
Medicine}} concluded: b ’93Among persons at high cardiovascular
risk, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin oil or nuts reduced the incidence
of major cardiovascular events.’94 b0 uc0u8232 u8232 The {field{*fldinst{HYPERLINK
“http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/25/mediterranean-diet-cuts-risk-of-heart-attack-stroke-death/1943305/”}}{fldrslt cf3 ul ulc3 researchers}} studied over
7,000 participants, ages 55 to 80. The group was assigned one of three diets:uc0u8232
b ’93a Mediterranean diet supplemented with olive oil, a Mediterranean diet supplemented
with nuts; or a low-fat diet, including bread, potatoes and pasta.’94
b0 uc0u8232 u8232 Researchers then monitored the participants for almost five years. The
results were so overwhelming the study was even stopped early. TIME magazine notes, compared
to the low-fat diet consumers,’a0 b ’93the {field{*fldinst{HYPERLINK “http://healthland.time.com/2013/02/25/its-the-olive-oil-mediterranean-diet-lowers-risk-of-heart-attack-and-stroke/?iid=hl-main-lead”}}{fldrslt
cf3 ul ulc3 extra-virgin-olive-oil}} group showed a 30% lower risk of having a heart
attack, stroke or dying of heart disease ’85 those consuming the Mediterranean diet with
more nuts showed a 28% lower risk of these outcomes.’94’a0
b0 [Video:’a0{field{*fldinst{HYPERLINK “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDrYd-0H7qo”}}{fldrslt
cf3 ul ulc3 YouTube/Peter Nielsen}}]uc0u8232 u8232 For those of you wondering what the
Mediterranean diet with olive oil consists of, {field{*fldinst{HYPERLINK “http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2013/02/25/mediterranean-diet-stroke.html”}}{fldrslt
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b ’93Four tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil every day, or about 30 grams of walnuts,
hazelnuts or almonds. ‘a0And you’92d have to squeeze in some fish and legumes 3 times
a week.’94 b0 ‘a0uc0u8232 u8232 In addition to 3
servings of fruit a day and 2 servings of veggies every day. [Video:{field{*fldinst{HYPERLINK
“http://wgntv.com/2013/02/25/mediterranean-diet-may-curb-risk-for-heart-attack/”}}{fldrslt cf3 ul ulc3 WGN}}]uc0u8232 u8232 {field{*fldinst{HYPERLINK
“http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/health/mediterranean-diet-can-cut-heart-disease-study-finds.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0”}}{fldrslt cf3 ul ulc3 Studies}} about the health
benefits of the Mediterranean diet have been out for a long time. However,
b ’93Heart disease experts said the study was a triumph because it showed that a diet
was powerful in reducing heart disease risk, and it did so using the most rigorous methods.’94
b0 uc0u8232 u8232 The study was done in Spain and funded by the Spanish government.
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