Mediterranean Diet Could Prevent 20,000 Deaths Per Year in Britain


Italian seaside tangentially related to this post

Italian seaside tangentially related to this post

The Telegraph has the details:

“Some 20,000 lives could be saved each year if Britons switched to a Mediterranean diet, according to a new study.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) and Cambridge University followed nearly 24,000 people in the UK for up to 17 years to see how their diet affected the health of their heart.

They discovered that people who followed a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, fish and olive oil lowered their risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 16 per cent. The researchers estimate that 12.5 per cent of cardiovascular deaths, such as heart attacks and strokes,  could be prevented if everyone switched to the Mediterranean diet. There are around 160,000 heart deaths each year so 20,000 deaths could be avoided just by eating more healthy foods.”

Source: Mediterranean diet could prevent 20,000 deaths in Britain each year 

I’ve been a proponent of the Mediterranean diet for over a decade. I’m not alone.

Steve Parker, M.D.


Filed under Health Benefits, Heart Disease, Longevity, Mediterranean Diet, Stroke, Uncategorized

3 responses to “Mediterranean Diet Could Prevent 20,000 Deaths Per Year in Britain

  1. Save 20,000 lives by adherence to the Mediterranean diet. Only problem is that they do not know what the adherence was. in fact, nobody knows what the Mediterranean diet is. And everybody, journalists, statisticians says it is misleading to report only relative risk. 17 % of what.

  2. Ivan

    Looks like the ADA diet which I have followed for years of perfect health.

  3. You may be able to extend 20,000 lives but you’ll never prevent deaths