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  1. Mediterranean Diet and Cardiovascular Events in Women

    Mediterranean Diet associated with fewer cardiovascular events in middle aged women, according to a study published online December 7, 2018 in the JAMA Network. 25,994 US women in the Women’s Health Study were evaluated and then followed for 12 years. Those who adhered closest to the Mediterranean Diet, a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, whole grains, with some chicken and fish, and low in red meat and dairy products, had about a 25% lower relative risk of cardiovascular events than those who adhered the least. The researchers found that the causes were most likely reduced overall inflammation, lowered blood glucose and increased insulin sensitivity, as well as reduced body mass index. Blood pressure was also somewhat lowered, and the lipid profiles were also improved. This compares favorably with the risk reduction seen with statins.

    https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jam...rticle/2717565

    Posted by Jessica Seaton
  2. Nuts and Cardiovascular Disease

    by , January 29th, 2016 at 05:19 PM (Sports Medicine Blog)
    A meta-analysis of 61 trials performed by Tufts researchers in Boston found that tree nut intake lowers total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and another cardiovascular disease marker, ApoB. The trials examined lasted from 3 to 26 weeks. Interestingly, they found that the nut type was less important than the quantity of nuts consumed. More was better with stronger effects being noted for those consuming more than 60 grams per day of nuts. Nuts are high in calories, so adding a lot of nuts to your diet could also add on weight, unless you consume fewer calories elsewhere.

    Link to abstract: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/10...47.short?rss=1

    Jessica Seaton