Mediterranean diet lowers risk of heart disease.

nutrition imagesAnother study has confirmed previous pointing to the fact that incorporating the as a life style lowers the risk of . The study by the of Public Health is the first to confirm this effect in a group of young working adults in a high stress field, (firefighters). The is rich in fish, nuts, and fruits and numerous studies have specified the benefit.

The study examined the dietary habits from a group of 780 male firefighters in the Midwest. The results reflect that living the Mediterranean-style life style lowered the risk of by 35% and lowered weight gain by 43%. is viewed as the precursor to a number of diseases and is associated with a number of that include a large waistline, high triglyceride level, low HDL (“good”) cholesterol level, , and high blood sugar.

“Our study adds more evidence showing the health benefits of a , even after adjusting for exercise and body weight,” said Stefanos Kales, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health at HSPH and chief of occupational and environmental medicine at CHA.


Justin Yang, Andrea Farioli, Maria Korre, Stefanos N. Kales. Modified Score and Cardiovascular Risk in a North American Working Population. PLoS ONE, 2014; 9 (2): e87539 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0087539

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