The Cardiovascular Benefits of a Mediterranean-style Diet

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Nearly 50 million Americans have metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors placing them at increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. In a review paper, Mohsen Meydani, DVM, PhD, director of the Vascular Biology Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, explores the potential benefits, beyond those achieved with weight loss alone, of a Mediterranean-style diet for patients with metabolic syndrome.

"Consuming a Mediterranean-style diet rich in olive oil, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with metabolic syndrome," says Meydani, who is also a professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts. "Evidence suggests that this effect may be due to actions on two of the integral components of cardiovascular disease

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