The Mediterranean diet (also) saves the heart and makes you lose weight

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Mediterranean diet: the diet par excellence also keeps us away from the risk of heart disease in the long term

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Mediterranean diet against heart disease. It is now clear: the Mediterranean diet makes you happier, prolongs life, strengthens memory, is a cure-all against metabolic syndrome, is kidney friend and also of the heart.

So, if there was still a need to prove it, our dear Mediterranean diet also keeps us away from the risk of heart disease in the long run. To support it is one study carried out by the Harokopio University of Athens, presented to the Congress of the American College of Cardiology in San Diego, which monitored over 2001 subjects between 2012 and 2.500 between the ages of 18 and 89.

By focusing on a diet rich in fresh fruit, vegetables, cereals (preferably whole grains), nuts, beans, fish and olive oil, the researchers verified the ability of the Mediterranean diet to reduce almost by half (47%) the risk of heart disease.

"Our research - explains Ekavi Georgousopoulou, coordinator of the project - shows that the Mediterranean diet is useful for all types of people, of both sexes, of all ages and with good and less good health conditions “.

The chances of contracting heart disease would have been reduced by 47% among those who strictly adhered to a traditional Mediterranean diet regimen compared to those who did not observe that diet during the long trial period. A real victory, especially considering that such a reduction has been registered regardless of other risk factors such as age, gender, family history, body mass index, smoking, hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

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"Close connection between the Mediterranean diet and weight loss, the reduction of the risk of diabetes, the lowering of blood pressure and cholesterol levels in the blood".

Summing up, dear ones, what remains to do is ultimately devote ourselves to a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, fish, cereals (preferably whole grains) and polyunsaturated fats, low in meat and dairy products, consuming little alcohol and eliminating all cigarettes.

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