Monday, 29 August 2016

New study: Mediterranean diet better than statins for tackling heart disease

Heart disease is better treated with a Mediterranean-style diet than cholesterol-lowering drugs, it has been claimed. A study found those who had a diet rich in vegetables, nuts, fish and oils were a third less likely to die early, compared with those who ate larger quantities of red meat, such as beef, and butter.Speaking at a global conference on heart disease in Rome, leading heart disease expert Prof Giovanni de Gaetano said: “So far research has focused on the general population, which is mainly composed of healthy people.“What happens to people who have already suffered from cardiovascular disease? Is the Mediterranean diet optimal for them too?”

The study followed 1,200 people with a history of heart attacks, strokes and blocked arteries over seven years. During that time, 208 patients died but the closer people were to an ideal Mediterranean diet the less likely they were to be among the fatalities.

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This is a very important study shedding light into the dark side of statins.
In our view, the advantages of following Med diet need to be properly communicated to healthy and non-healthy people and also the rush of medical doctors subscribing statins is another side of the problem. The reasoning against statins needs to be steady and ongoing. There are numerous misconceptions on statins out there that need to be eradicated...

Yannis Zabetakis

Further Reading

1. Marine Oils (From Sea to Pharmaceuticals)
2. Lipids and cardiovascular disease: where does dietary intervention sit alongside statin therapy?

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