Mediterranean diet significantly reduces chronic disease

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

The Mediterranean diet consists of higher of , vegetables, , legumes, and heart-healthy fats, while minimizing red meats, processed foods, and .

“Many studies have found a favorable association between the Mediterranean diet and a variety of health 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 Mediterranean diet could extend to health as well.”

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


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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