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Mediterranean diet 'as good as statins'


www.gdaguru.com today reports that sticking to a Mediterranean diet with plenty of olive oil and nuts is almost as good at reducing the risk of a heart attack as taking statins, say researchers. 26-02-2013

They believe a diet of fish, chicken, fruit and vegetables is “better than a drug” because it does not have side effects, while cholesterol-lowering statins can cause problems like muscle cramps.
 
The academics made their conclusions after conducting a five-year study in Spain.

Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director of the British Heart Foundation, said: “This large long-term study shows that eating a Mediterranean diet is associated with heart health benefits, including reductions in heart attack, stroke and deaths from cardiovascular disease.
 
“While these findings aren’t new they add to our knowledge and confidence that a Mediterranean diet can help cut down your cardiovascular risk. A well-balanced diet low in salt, saturated fat and sugar is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle.
 
“That said, a Mediterranean diet should not replace your prescribed medication.”
 
With thanks to www.telegraph.co.uk
 
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