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MORE Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

I ran across a good summary of the health benefits of Mediterranean-style eating at Medical News Today, published online May 6, 2009.  An excerpt:

The following health benefits have been observed by people who have a Mediterranean diet:

  • Longer lifespan
  • Lower risk of dying at any age
  • Lower risk of dying from heart disease
  • Lower risk of dying from cancer
  • Lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes
  • Lower risk of hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Lower risk of raised cholesterol levels
  • Lower risk of becoming obese
  • Lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease

Not mentioned above is the lower risk of Parkinson’s Disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  You’ll also find a fair description of the traditional Mediterranean diet.

Steve Parker, M.D.

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Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

2108988Medical News Today on May 6, 2009, published a comprehensive review of the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.  Click here to read.  It’s definitely worth your time if you’re not already sold on the Mediterranean diet.

My only point of disagreement is regarding whether the Mediterranean diet lowers your risk of obesity.  MNT says “yes.”  The studies I’ve read are inconclusive.

Steve Parker, M.D.

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