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Summarizing the benefits of the Mediterranean diet

 There’s now a consensus on the value of the Mediterranean diet to prevent coronary heart disease and cancer.

Researchers at Université de Grenoble in La Tronche, France summarize the research.

  • In contrast to using drugs (including cholesterol lowering), the Mediterranean diet has a striking effect on survival.
  • The main explanation is that it protects not only against heart disease and cancers but also other chronic diseases.
  • The Mediterranean diet is effective at reducing atherosclerosis and the risk of fatal complications (ie, sudden cardiac death and heart failure) of atherosclerosis.
  • Unlike drugs, no harmful side effect is associated with the adoption of this dietary pattern.

The bottom line?
Many micro- and macronutrients in the Mediterranean diet interact to enhance resistance to chronic diseases.

10/29/08 21:58 JR

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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.