Mediterranean diet significantly reduces chronic disease

kidney1A study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) confirmed that a Mediterranean style diet reduces the of chronic disease.

The consists of higher consumption of fruits, vegetables, , legumes, and heart-healthy fats, while minimizing red meats, processed foods, and sweets.

“Many studies have found a favorable association between the and a variety of outcomes, including those related to cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and cancer, among others,” said Dr. Minesh Khatri. “There is increasing evidence that poor diet is associated with disease, but it is unknown whether the benefits of a could extend to as well.”

The included 900 individuals on a followed for 7 years. The study findings reflect that every one-point higher in a score, indicating better adherence to the diet, was associated with a 17% lower likelihood of developing chronic disease. that closely resembled the were linked with a 50% lower of developing chronic disease and a 42% lower of experiencing rapid function decline.

Source

M. Khatri, Y. P. Moon, N. Scarmeas, Y. Gu, H. Gardener, K. Cheung, C. B. Wright, R. L. Sacco, T. L. Nickolas, M. S. V. Elkind. The Association between a Mediterranean-Style Diet and Function in the Northern Manhattan Study Cohort. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 2014; 9 (11): 1868 DOI: 10.2215/CJN.01080114

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