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Douglas Poff, D.C. | Article

The Mediterranean Diet in Primary Cardiovascular Prevention

3/26/2013
http://www.consultantlive.com/cardiology-now/content/article/10162/2133620

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.