Douglas Poff, D.C. | Article

The Mediterranean Diet in Primary Cardiovascular Prevention


Compared with patients eating a low-fat diet, patients consuming a Mediterranean -style diet displayed a 30% reduction in major cardiovascular events.

The Mediterranean diet, supplemented with either extra virgin olive oil(Drug information on olive oil) or tree nuts, may have just won a secure seat at the table where cardioprotection and prevention are discussed. The results of the recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine compared 2 Mediterranean-style diets (olive oil or tree nuts) with a control diet (low in saturated fat) found a reduction in major cardiovascular events of 30% among subjects in a large primary prevention cohort over about 5 years. The primary end point was a composite of myocardial infarction, stroke, and death from cardiovascular causes.