More Support for Mediterranean Style Diet
You’ve been reading for years about the health advantages of following a Mediterranean-type diet; one that is low in saturated fats and high in fish, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, olive oil, cereals and moderate alcohol consumption.
One more piece of support is the latest research suggesting that even those with a greater than average genetic predisposition for cardiovascular disease can reduce their risk by following this diet.
The latest research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, found that men eating a Mediterranean-style diet had greater heart rate variability (HRV) than those eating a Western-type diet. Heart rate variability refers to variation in the time interval between heart beats during everyday life — reduced HRV is a risk factor for coronary artery disease and sudden death.
“This means that the autonomic system controlling someone’s heart rate works better in people who eat a diet similar to a Mediterranean diet,” said Jun Dai, M.D., Ph.D., study author and assistant professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Indiana University in Bloomington.
In my opinion the news of this research is exciting on two fronts. First, it’s simply another strong piece of support on the benefits of following a Mediterranean diet. As far as diets are concerned, the fads come and go with the frequency of the most popular Hollywood starlets, but eating based on the Med’ program is a solid, proven foundation for optimal health.
Secondly, it’s another support piece on the power of healing through diet and lifestyle changes. Not to get on a soapbox, but our society is too quick to look to a pill or potion to solve our health problems. What we really need to do is examine our lifestyles and make subtle and permanent changes which can positively affect our lives. Obviously the Mediterranean diet is a step in that direction.