Based on the latest study, various types of health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer can be prevented with the help of a Mediterranean diet.
According to Dr. Hanna Bloomfield, lead researcher and medicine professor at the University of Minnesota and staff associate chief for research at the Minneapolis VA, this diet was also found to reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
Women will be glad to find out that Mediterranean foods are very efficient in preventing breast cancer as well. Cancer has taken its toll on the United States population, and the American Cancer Society has made countless efforts to find an efficient strategy to drop off cancer occurrence.
According to Connie Diekman, nutrition director at Washington University in St. Louis, these results prove that people must focus on their diet above anything else. Around 70 percent of all illnesses and health disorders originate from unhealthy food, so a dietary change consisting of healthy food will significantly improve people’s life quality.
Other previous studies have shown that individuals who adopt a healthier lifestyle consisting of moderate to vigorous physical activity, an excellent diet, work, and study have lower risks of cancer, cardiovascular disease, strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, and brain disease, including Alzheimer’s and even dementia.
Bloomfield’s team reviewed 56 studies between 1990 and 2016 to establish the benefits of the Mediterranean diet. According to Bloomfield, this eating style is rich in healthy fats that can be found in olive oil, nuts, fish, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Also, there are other patterns related to this diet such as a moderate intake of dairy products and red wine. Experts recommend people to reduce the consumption of meat products and red meat. The team also discovered that these healthy foods minimize the risk of colon cancer as well.
Based on the statistics, the Mediterranean diet is associated with over 50 percent reduced the risk of breast cancer, and a 30 percent lower risk of diabetes, stroke, and heart attack. Still, these are only associations and not cause-and-effects links.
But these findings represent enough proof to underline the importance of an excellent diet in everyday life especially for people who want to improve their metabolic health. Plus, active individuals who have an increased life quality are happier than people who are couch potatoes.
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