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Mediterranean Diet and Cardiovascular Events in Women

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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

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