Mediterranean diet could prevent second coronaries
The increasingly popular “Mediterranean” style diet, with copious amounts of fish, vegetables, fruit, beans, olive oil and wine, is exhibiting even greater health benefits. A recent study showed that the diet, which many people find the easiest of the “healthy” regimes to follow, could be helpful in preventing second heart attacks in some people.
A French study followed more than 400 people for almost four years, and found the “Med” diet offered cardiovascular benefits along with its cancer-preventing properties. Those following the diet were 50-70 per cent less likely to suffer second heart attacks.
Subjects were divided into two groups: those who followed the “Med” diet and another group which ate the typical high fact Western diet. All had suffered a heart attack, and had similar blood pressure and cholesterol levels.