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Mediterranean-style diet could have major health benefits

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Sticking to a Mediterranean-style diet - rich in fruits & vegetables, olive oils and fish - could have major health benefits. A new study finds that the Mediterranean diet is linked to reductions in all sorts of ailments, from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease. Those who follow a Mediterranean-style diet may reduce their risk for many common illnesses, and possibly even lower their odds of an early death. These are the findings of a new review combining 12 studies with more than 1.5 million total participants. Researchers from Italy examined studies that gave people a numerical score based on how closely they followed the Mediterranean-style diet. People who routinely ate fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fish scored well on the diet. Those who consumed red wine in moderation also received points. In contrast, people who ate lots of red meat and dairy products scored poorly on the diet. The results showed a clear pattern, the better people stuck to the Mediterranean diet, the greater their health benefits. Those whose eating habits most closely matched the Mediterranean-style had a 9% reduction in death from heart disease, a 13% lower risk for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and even a 9% decline in their chance of premature death from any cause. (Story from ABC News)

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