Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Mediterranean-Style Diet Improves Heart Function

A study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes reports that people who follow a Mediterranean-Style diet may have a reduced risk of heart disease by maintaining heart rate variability. This means that the autonomic system controlling a person's heart rate works better in people who eat a Mediterranean-type of diet. This reduces their risks of coronary artery disease and sudden death.

By studying twins, the study showed that even with a genetic predisposition to cardiovascular disease, eating a Mediterranean-style diet can improve heart function, and reduce the risk of heart disease and sudden death.


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