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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    More benefits of the traditional Mediterranean diet

    People at high risk of heart disease or stroke who changed to the Traditional Mediterranean Diet (TMD) showed significant reductions in LDL (bad) cholesterol.

    First, the details.

    • 327 adults at high cardiovascular risk participated in the Prevención con Dieta Mediterránea (PREDIMED) Study.
    • They were randomly assigned to one of 3 groups for 3 months.
    • Low-fat diet
    • TMD + virgin olive oil
    • TMD + nuts

    And, the results.

    • The 2 TMD groups showed a significant decrease in LDL cholesterol.
    • The changes were significant compared to the low-fat diet group.

    The bottom line?
    The results are good news for adults with risk factors (ie, type 2 diabetes or 3 or more other risk factors for coronary heart disease), but who have not been given a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease.

    If all this sounds familiar it’s because, as stated on Medscape, “A previous study demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet can independently reduce the risk for total mortality as well as mortality related to [existing] coronary heart disease, all cardiovascular causes, and cancer.”

    This study shows the Mediterranean diet improves lipids better than a low-fat diet among adults at high risk for (but not yet diagnosed with) cardiovascular disease.

    7/23/07 20:37 JR

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