Mediterranean Diet Improves Multiple Cardiac Risk Factors

22 03 2011

The Mediterranean diet approach to eating has been shown in a number of trials to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It also keeps you slimmer so you can squeeze into the flashy French and simply stunning Italian fashions. It is a diet that uses a lot of oil for consumption and cooking, as well as a lot of fresh product, seafood and hearty servings of fruit and veggies. And wine, don’t forget the wine.

What parameters does it improve to yield all these remarkable benefits (these would be those French benefits you hear so much about)? A recent study looked at a number of previous trials from across the globe and comprising over 500,000 participants[i]. It was found that a Mediterranean diet was associated with:

  • Decreased waist circumference
  • Higher HDL (good) cholesterol
  • Lower triglyceride levels
  • Better blood pressure control
  • Better glucose (blood sugar) metabolism

So if you can’t afford to get over to the Mediterranean, at least eat like it!


[i] (Kastorini, Milionis, Esposito, Guigliano, Goudevenos, & Panagiotakos, 2011)

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