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Meta-Analysis Suggests Major Health Benefits Of Mediterranean Diet

March 16, 2011 by  

Meta-analysis suggests major health benefits of Mediterranean dietResearchers at Harokopio University of Athens have conducted a meta-analysis of 50 studies that examined the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet and found that it may be an effective way to stave off disease.

The diet is much like what is already considered a healthy plan for most cultures, as it consists of abundant fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. What sets it apart is the addition of olive oil, fish and daily moderate alcohol consumption with meals.

In their review, the researchers found that individuals who followed a Mediterranean diet had an overall lower risk of death from all causes and less chance of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and certain kinds of cancer. Also, eating these foods appeared to reduce belly fat, promote healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels and keep blood pressure at a normal rate.

Authors of the study said that widespread consumption of the healthy diet may lower rates of heart disease, obesity, hypertension and diabetes. Individuals who have a combination of these conditions are said to suffer from metabolic syndrome.

"The prevalence of the metabolic syndrome is increasing rapidly throughout the world, in parallel with the increasing incidence of diabetes and obesity, and is now considered a major public health problem," said lead investigator Demosthenes Panagiotakos, Ph.D. 

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  • Cool One

    Where’s the analysis? Without it, this is a non-article.

  • http://com i41

    Want to stop type 2 diabetics, get off of your rear and start doing something and realy move around. Seen to many that have some phantom pain and real pain from being over weight. Also get the head out of the trough, which seems to be the biggest problem for over weight slobs and I don’t care if they are 8-80. Get your mugs out of any food pan and start moving.Any surprise of the facts coming from Athens, no doubt paid for by some company.

  • Steve Parker, M.D.

    In addition to the listed health benefits, also note that the Mediterranean diet is linked to lower rates of dementia.


  • :)

    I think the main reason the Mediterranean diet plan has so many pros is simply because 3 things, red wine, olive oil and the fish. These great foods have so many benefits it’s amazing. Splash in a little apple cider vinegar and honey and you’ll be a healthy person.

    I just read an article from about a man that is well over 100 years in age and still going strong, he claims this is due to the Mediterranean diet mainly.

  • Healthy Eating Review = Everything Mediteranean Diet

    You’ve got great insights about Everything Mediteranean Diet, keep up the good work!


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