November 7, 2016

( In a new study looking at the effects of a Mediterranean diet on people with poor heart health, the popular diet appeared to help heart patients more than statin drugs.


What the Research has to Say

Researchers detailed the findings of the observational study at the European Society of Cardiology conference in Rome last weekend. [1]

For the study, leading heart disease expert Professor Giovanni de Gaetano and his colleagues followed 1,200 people with a history of heart attacks, strokes, and blocked arteries over 7 years. Over the duration of the study, 208 participants died. [2]

The researchers found that the more participants adhered to a Mediterranean diet, the less likely they were to die over the course of the study.

Specifically, patients who ate a mainly Mediterranean diet were 37% less likely to die during the study than those whose dietary patterns were furthest from the Omega-3 fatty acid-rich diet. That did not change, even after researchers adjusted for age, sex, class, exercise and other habits.

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