For those who have already had a heart attack or a stroke, the combination of statins and a Mediterranean diet appears to be the most effective choice to reduce the risk of mortality, especially from cardiovascular causes, finds a new Italian study.
The traditional Mediterranean diet is rich in fruit, vegetables, legumes, cereals, olive oil, wine in moderation, fish and low in meat and dairy products.
The researchers found that statins and a Mediterranean diet together were more effective, as compared to one or the other considered separately, in reducing the risk of cardiovascular mortality. Likely, a Mediterranean diet facilitated the beneficial effect of statins, that in this study were generally used at low doses.
Researchers also analyzed the potential underlying mechanisms of this positive interaction between drugs and eating habits.
Related: Six ways to build an anti-inflammatory diet
The favourable combination of statins and a Mediterranean diet appeared to act by reducing inflammation, a condition that predisposes to a higher risk of illness and mortality, no by reducing blood cholesterol levels. The researchers found that a high level of inflammation doubled the risk of mortality in patients who already had a heart attack or stroke .
Source: International Journal of Cardiology, November 2018.
All research on this web site is the property of Leslie Beck Nutrition Consulting Inc. and is protected by copyright. Keep in mind that research on these matters continues daily and is subject to change. The information presented is not intended as a substitute for medical treatment. It is intended to provide ongoing support of your healthy lifestyle practices.