Study published in the New England Journal of medicine yesterday, Feb. 25, showed the Mediterranean Diet was able to help people who were at high risk for cardiovascular disease more than a low-fat diet!
The study had two groups: Mediterranean dieters and Low-fat dieters. Total subjects were 7,447, who currently had high risk factors for heart disease; overweight, smokers, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. All participants were between the ages of 55-80 years old.
The Mediterranean group after five years saw a 30% reduction in heart disease risk compared to the low-fat group. That is amazing! This study was meant to be a 10 year study. The results were so powerful and so significantly important, the researchers felt a commitment to end the study early and release the findings to the public.
A Mediterranean Diet follows a pyramid that emphasizing on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, extra virgin olive oil, beans, nuts, fish, poultry and seeds.
This proves what healthcare practitioners, like myself, have been saying how what you eat (diet) can be the most important factor in your healthcare regime!
You can also view a short video interview from the NY Times: