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Mediterranean Diet Might Benefit Smokers Suggests New Study

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Smokers on Mediterranean-style diet less likely to have RA

Aside from losing weight, a new study reports that for smokers, a Mediterranean Diet just might help them avoid this one particular medical condition.


The Mediterranean Diet is consistently among the top contenders of dieting plans that can result in successful weight loss. Typically, a Mediterranean-style diet includes:

• An abundant daily allotment of fruits, vegetables, minimally processed bread, grains, beans, nuts and seeds.

• Dairy products that includes eggs, fish and poultry in low to moderate amounts.

• And, most importantly of all, olive oil as a primary fat source.

In fact, olive and a few other healthy oils are often associated with a large number of weight loss recommendations as exampled in the following links:

Why Mediterranean Diet Recipes Make The Best Flat Belly Food

Best Fat for Decreasing Weight Gain with Aging

Dr. Oz Reveals Miracle Oil that will Melt Belly Fat Away and Slow Down Aging

The Published Study

However, a new study reports that following a Mediterranean Diet may do more for others than keeping unwanted pounds off. According to a recent analysis published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, researchers uncovered data that suggests that a Mediterranean Diet may also help prevent rheumatoid arthritis in individuals who smoke or used to smoke.

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This finding is based on data from 62,629 French women who have took part in a questionnaire-based study assessing dietary intake since 1990.

Researchers who mined the data found that:

1. Adherence to the Mediterranean Diet among women who smoked or used to smoke, the diet was associated with a decreased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis—383 cases of rheumatoid arthritis per 1 million people per year.

2. A relatively low adherence to a Mediterranean-style diet among women who smoked or used to smoke, the incidence of developing rheumatoid arthritis was higher—an estimated 515 cases per 1 million per year.

The conclusion of the study is that “…our results suggest that adherence to a MD (Mediterranean Diet) could reduce the high risk of RA (rheumatoid arthritis) among ever‐smoking women…,” however, the authors also added that the results must be confirmed with future studies.

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Timothy Boyer has a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona. For 20+ years he has been employed as a freelance health and science writer. Today, with an eye on the latest news, Timothy continues writing about science with a focus on what you need to know for healthier living. For continual updates about health, you can also follow Timothy on Twitter at TimBoyerWrites.

Image Source: By James Heilman, MD - Own work, Wikipedia CC BY-SA 3.0.


Does the Mediterranean Diet Protect Against Rheumatoid Arthritis?” Wiley press release 9 Sept. 2020

Mediterranean diet and risk of rheumatoid arthritis: findings from the French E3N‐EPIC cohort study” Yann Nguyen et al.; Arthritis & Rheumatology, 09 September 2020.