Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk of cardiovascular disease

Reuters reports that research published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that adhering to a Mediterranean diet may be linked to a lower risk of developing peripheral artery disease.

HealthDay reports that “the findings … come from what’s thought to be the first clinical trial to test whether Mediterranean-style eating can ward off cardiovascular disease in people at increased risk.”

Medscape reports that researchers found, over nearly “five years of follow-up,” that “compared with high-risk patients who followed a low-fat diet (controls),” participants “who followed a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra nuts had half the risk of developing symptomatic PAD, and those who followed a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil had a one-third risk of this outcome.”

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