Mediterranean-Like Diet Linked to Lower Risk for Chronic Disease, Death

Strict adherence to a Mediterranean-style diet is associated with reduced risk for mortality and chronic disease, according to a meta-analysis in BMJ. 

  • all-cause mortality (relative risk, 0.91);
  • death from cardiovascular disease (RR, 0.91);
  • incidence of or death from cancer (RR, 0.94);
  • incidence of Alzheimer or Parkinson disease (RR, 0.87).

The authors conclude that their findings are particularly relevant for “encouraging a Mediterranean-like dietary pattern for primary prevention of major chronic diseases.” (A Mediterranean-style diet includes high intake of vegetables, fruits, legumes, cereals, and fish, with moderate consumption of red wine with meals.)


BMJ article (Free)

American Heart Association 2006 diet and lifestyle recommendations (Free)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2005 diet guidelines (Free PDF)

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Tomado de: Physician’s First Watch for September 12, 2008
por David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, Editor-in-Chief