Mediterranean Diet and Heart Disease

the Mediterranean Diet can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases

With so many different diet plans available today, and so many of them becoming a rage (it’s like a cycle) and then dying off, how do you know which one to choose? Which one delivers the best results?

I put together a list of all the best weight loss diets, though the information in there is rather short-sighted. Sure, all of them can help you lose weight in the short-term. But many of them have become recent fads, and there isn’t a lot of data on how permanent the results can be.

One diet in particular, however, has the benefit of longevity and now has some science behind it on whether or not it can improve your health and help you lose weight. Continue reading below to see what effect it had more than 25,000 women over a 12-year study.

Long-Term Results of the Mediterranean Diet

To start off, let’s get into what the Mediterranean Diet is. I go into far more detail in my post here, but the gist of it is it mimics the eating habits of those in the Mediterranean area (yes, I know that is obvious). It is very plant-heavy and also incorporates healthy fats and a bit of red wine. As compared to other diet fads, it actually makes for some pretty delicious meals that offer a lot of variety.

As for the new findings, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public health recently published a study on more than 25,000 women tracked over 12 years. If you want me to cut to the chase, it was found that those who followed the Med diet most closely exhibited a reduced risk of heart disease, with results comparable to those who take prescription medicine for heart issues.

The women were given a questionnaire with a list of foods and answered it based on their diet.

Each food had a numerical value relative to how close it was to being part of the Mediterranean diet. The women were then given scores on how closely the followed this diet plan.

Out of the nearly 26,000 women, around 6,000 were scored as being very closely following this diet. At the beginning of the study, a number of biomarkers were recorded and it was found that these ~6,000 women had a nearly 30% reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Women who were in the middle range of scores, somewhat following the Med diet, also showed a 23% reduction in risk factors for heart issues.

Key Takeaways

What this says is promising for those who follow this eating plan, and provides hope for those who have a family history of cardiovascular disease or stroke. It is never too late to change your nutrition to have better health, and this could be a simple way to mitigate the risk. It could also make a huge impact on our healthcare system, as more than 600,000 people in the U.S. die from cardiovascular issues.

If you’re interested, you can find the entire study published here.


T.J. LaPanta is a Florida based aspiring comedian and health nut.
When he's not trying to hack his way through a post-graduate degree, he's slaving away in the kitchen, working out, or trying to score a date.

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