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Mediterranean Diet Linked To Lower Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease

February 4, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
An analysis of dietary questionnaire data provided by 780 U.S. firefighters finds that those who stuck to a modified Mediterranean diet (MMD) were less likely to have metabolic syndrome: a large waistline, high triglyceride levels, low HDL ("good") cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, or high blood sugar – all risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The U.S. researchers said the MMD firefighters showed a 35 percent decreased risk for metabolic syndrome, and also had a 43 percent lower risk of weight gain, compared to others. Consistent with previous research, obese participants in the firefighter study reported eating more fast foods and sugary drinks.
Justin Yang et al., "Modified Mediterranean Diet Score and Cardiovascular Risk in a North American Working Population", PLoS ONE, February 04, 2014, © Yang et al.
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