Thousands of deaths from heart disease and stroke can be prevented in UK with Mediterranean diet intake

Thousands of deaths from heart disease and stroke can be prevented in UK with Mediterranean diet intake

A latest study suggested that Britons who consume a Mediterranean diet may notably slash their odds of contracting heart disease.

In a latest discovery, scientists noted that healthy people who consume more foods linked to a Mediterranean-style diet have nearly 16% less chances of suffering from a cardiovascular disease in comparison to those who don’t.

Published in the journal BMC Medicine, the study, which was also the first of its type to study the advantages of the diet in Britons, has discovered that consumption of Mediterranean-style diet may cut chances of a heart attack or stroke.

Study’s main author Dr Nita Forouhi, from Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, said that nearly 12.5% of cardiovascular deaths in the UK may potentially be avoided in case British people shift to a Mediterranean diet.

Usually, the Mediterranean diet is rich in vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts and olive oil, includes less of red meats and involved normal quantities of fish, poultry, dairy and wine.

Researchers collected data from 23,902 healthy Britons and measured their diets with the help of food frequency questioners.

The researchers monitored the participants for an average of 12 to 17 years to find out the link between a Mediterranean diet and the episodes of fresh-onset cardiovascular disease and deaths at that time.

They defined the Mediterranean diet with the help of a 15-point score on the basis of guideline recommendations from a Mediterranean diet pyramid set by the Mediterranean Diet Foundation.

The latest study has backed the past studies which admitted the health benefits of Mediterranean diet intake.

The Department of Epidemiology and Prevention at the IRCCS Neuromed Institute in Italy came up with a study in August, which discovered that a diet high in nuts, vegetables,fish and oils decreases the odds of premature death in heart patients by 37%.


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