Mediterranean diet linked with lower risk of cardiovascular disease

Adhering to a Mediterranean diet in the UK is associated with lower cardiovascular disease incidence and mortality, according to the latest research from open access journal, BMC Medicine.

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The Mediterranean diet has been found to have cardiovascular benefits in the past, but studies, until recently, had not looked at the effects of this on non-Mediterranean countries.

The diet typically involves eating large amounts of fruit, vegetables and olive oil and moderate amounts of meat, dairy products and fish.

Using food-frequency questionnaires in more than 23,000 people, and looking at 7,606 cardiovascular disease events and 1,714 deaths, researchers found the Mediterranean diet to be significantly associated with lower incidence of cardiovascular outcomes.

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