20-Feb-15 9:45 AM  CST

More Good News Linked to Mediterranean Diet

In a day when we are all looking for the best way to continued health the answer may lie, at least partially, in the a Mediterranean based diet. This is not the first time there has been positive news about the Mediterranean diet, and most likely, will not be the last. Mediterranean diets are rich in vegetable, legumes, and health oils like olive oil, but are low in red meats and have limited amounts of full fat diary.

Not only may a Mediterranean diet help you lose those extra pounds, but also if you are a woman there may be an added benefit. A recent study found that women who had dietary habits that mimicked those of a Mediterranean based diet decreased their risk for ischemic stroke by 18%. The study which analyzed the answers given by 100,000 teachers who answered the California Teachers Study, showed that women who had dietary habits that where based off of a Mediterranean diet not only reduced their risk of ischemic stroke, but also lowered their risk for Alzheimer’s disease and certain types of cancer.

The study took into consideration the answers given by the teachers who participated in the study, but also such factors as BMI, history of smoking, and exercise. Once all of these factors were considered the affects of the diet were evaluated. It was found without a doubt that a diet rich in foods included as part of a Mediterranean diet had a positive affect on the overall health of the participant.

Ischemic stroke happens when a blood vessel carrying blood to the brain becomes blocked. Women are often at higher risk for this type of stroke and many times there are no symptoms leading up to the event. The American Heart Association states that 87% of all strokes are ischemic and recommends a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, health oils, and low in red meats, sugar and saturated fats. Given this most recent study the Mediterranean diet may just be the answer.

 

 

Resources:

American Heart Association, (2015) “Ischemic Stroke”, http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/AboutStroke/TypesofStroke/IschemicClots/Ischemic-Strokes-Clots_UCM_310939_Article.jsp, retrieved, 15.February, 2015

Consolidated Times, (2015) “Study, Mediterranean diet could reduce the risk of ischemic stroke in women”, http://consolidatetimes.com/2732/15/study-mediterranean-diet-reduce-risk-ischemic-stroke-women/, retrieved, 15. February 2015

Marshall, M., (2015) “Study, Mediterranean diet could cut ischemic stroke risk”. http://www.frontlinedesk.com/2015023719-study-mediterranean-diet-can-help-cut-ischemic-stroke-risk/, retrieved, 15.February, 2015

 


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Source: Sandy Andrews  

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