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Today's preview features a free handout -- Why Try the Mediterranean Diet?
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Why Try the Mediterranean Diet?
So, why try the Mediterranean diet? Let’s take a look at the health benefits and the science behind them.
Fiber in whole grains, legumes, fruit, vegetables, and nuts — which are all cornerstones of the Mediterranean diet — slows digestion and helps control blood sugar levels.
Monounsaturated fats in olive oil, nuts, and fish exert an anti-inflammatory effect that can protect against heart disease and improve both glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity.
People who lived healthfully while following a Mediterranean diet had an 80% lower death rate than those who didn’t live healthfully or follow the diet (1).
In the LYON study, people who followed a Mediterranean-style diet had a 50%-70% lower risk of recurrent heart disease than those who did not (2).
In a study of over 3,500 people, those who followed a Mediterranean diet were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes (3).
In addition to protecting your heart and reducing your risk of diabetes, a Mediterranean diet may lead to improved health as you age. A large study analyzed food habits from 10,600 women in their 50s and 60s with no major chronic diseases, and 15 years later collected data from these same women. Women following a Mediterranean diet were 40% more likely to live past age 70 and avoided chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes, many types of cancer, and Parkinson’s disease. They also aged without signs of cognitive impairment, physical disabilities or mental health problems (4).
There’s more science to back up the findings about brain health as you age. A meta-analysis found that 9 out of 12 published studies demonstrate that following a Mediterranean-style diet is associated with a slower rate of mental decline and decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
So why try the Mediterranean diet? The benefits are too many to count! Get started today!
- American Journal of Epidemiology. Epub 2013 June 10. [Ahmed, et al.]
- Circulation. 2001; 103: 1823-1825 doi: 10.1161/?01.CIR.103.13.1823
- Annals of Internal Medicine. 2014; 160(1):10-10-10. [Salas-Salvadó, et al].
- Annals of Internal Medicine. 2013; 159(9): 584-591. (Samieri, et al.)
- Epidemiology. 2013; 24(4):479-489. (Lourida et al.)
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Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.