Monday, June 14, 2010

The Mediteranean Diet: More than Just Prevention

Source: Reuters Health (Summary by NIM)

It is often reported that following a dietary pattern that includes lots of fish, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and olive oil, with little red meat – also known as the Mediterranean Diet – is great for preventing all sorts of diseases and ills. Now, new research has found that this pattern of eating does more than just prevent sickness, it helps maintain health as well.

In a new study from Greece, the dietary patterns of individuals who had suffered heart attacks were investigated and it turned out that people who stuck closely to the Mediterranean diet were less likely to suffer a second heart attack compared to those who ate different foods. In fact, within a month of leaving the hospital, individuals who followed the diet the most closely were 31% less likely to suffer another heart attack or experience chest pain versus their non-adhering counterparts.

According to the researchers, everyone can benefit from a Mediterranean-style diet, especially those who have suffered from heart disease. With such amazing health benefits, it’s time to ditch those hamburgers and start eating like the Greeks!

Find out more by reading the article called “Mediterranean diet helps existing heart disease, too” from Reuters Health (June 3, 2010).