Mediterranean diet prevents chronic diseases

Adherence to a Mediterranean diet can provide protection against major chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease, according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis by Italian investigators. They analysed 12 studies with a total of more than 1.5 million participants, followed for periods ranging from three to 18 years. The results showed that people who adhered strictly to a Mediterranean diet had significant health benefits, including a 9% drop in overall mortality, a 9% drop in mortality from cardiovascular disease, a 13% reduction in incidence of Parkinson and Alzheimer's disease, and a 6% reduction in cancer. (Adherence to Mediterranean diet and health status: meta-analysis. BMJ. 2008 Sep 11;337:a1344).

 

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