Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Med Sci Monit. 2004 Aug;10(8):RA193-8. Epub 2004 Jul 23.

Can a Mediterranean diet moderate the development and clinical progression of coronary heart disease? A systematic review.

Author information

  • 1First Cardiology Clinic, School of Medicine, University of Athens, Athens, Greece. d.b.panagiotakos@usa.net

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

It has been suggested that adherence to a Mediterranean diet reduces all causes of mortality, especially death rates due to coronary heart disease. In this review we summarize the findings of observational studies that evaluated the effect of the Mediterranean dietary pattern in the primary and secondary prevention of coronary heart disease.

MATERIAL/METHODS:

We retrieved published results from prospective and case-control studies which evaluated the association between adherence to a Mediterranean diet and the occurrence of coronary heart disease outcomes.

RESULTS:

The benefits from the Mediterranean diet were significant in all studies. The reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease varied from 8% to 45%, depending on the increment used by the investigators in the presentation of their results.

CONCLUSIONS:

The systematically reviewed studies reveal a cardio-protective effect of the Mediterranean diet and point to this dietary pattern as highly appropriate for public health objectives.

PMID:
15278010
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for International Scientific Literature, Ltd.
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk