Mediterranean diet protects heart

June 14, 2006 in Heart Health, Nutrition Topics in the News

Mediterranean diet protects heart

While the Mediterranean diet has already been linked to the prevention of heart disease, recent study findings from Greece suggest the diet is also beneficial for people with existing heart problems.

The study, published in the journal Nutrition was based on over 2000 people as part of the Greek Study of Acute Coronary Syndrome. Dietary assessment was conducted on the patients, 76 percent of whom had been hospitalized for myocardial infarction or unstable angina.

Researchers found that participants who had a lower adherence to the Mediterranean diet had a higher degree of severity of coronary heart disease.

The Mediterranean diet which is rich in olive oil, fruit, vegetables and fish has long been linked a lower risk of heart disease, obesity and certain types of cancer.

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