Mediterranean Diet Reduces Risk of Heart Disease in Women, Reveals Study

Mediterranean Diet Reduces Risk of Heart Disease in Women, Reveals Study | CIO Women Magazine

New research published in the journal Heart has revealed that women who follow the Mediterranean diet could significantly reduce their risk of heart disease and early death.

The study, conducted by a team at the University of Sydney, analyzed data from 16 studies carried out between 2003 and 2021, involving over 700,000 women aged 18 and above from Europe and the US.

The research found that those who closely followed the Mediterranean diet had a 24% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 25% lower risk of coronary heart disease specifically. Additionally, the risk of death from any cause was reduced by 23%.

What makes it The Best Overall Diet

The Mediterranean diet named the best overall diet for the sixth year in a row by US News & World Report, is based on the traditional diets of 21 countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. It emphasizes the importance of quality sourcing and filling your plate with nutrient-rich whole foods and grains, with an emphasis on fresh produce, lean protein, such as fish and chicken, and antioxidant-rich olive oil.

But what is it about the Mediterranean diet that makes it so effective? According to the researchers, it’s not just about what you eat, but how you eat, too. The Mediterranean diet encourages savoring your food, eating slowly and mindfully, and enjoying the social aspects of eating with friends and family.

The study’s lead author, Dr. Sarah Zaman, explained that while it’s not clear why this diet is so beneficial for women, it could be related to female-specific cardiovascular risk factors. These include premature menopause, pre-eclampsia, and gestational diabetes, all of which can independently increase cardiovascular disease risk.

An Encouraging Step

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2020, it accounted for about one in every five female deaths.

The researchers hope that their findings will encourage more women to adopt the Mediterranean diet and reduce their risk of heart disease. While more sex-specific research is needed, the study’s results suggest that the Mediterranean diet is a safe and effective way for women to take control of their health.

So, ladies, it’s time to ditch the fad diets and embrace the Mediterranean way of life. With its delicious, nutrient-rich foods and focus on savoring your meals and socializing with loved ones, it’s a diet that’s easy to stick to and could save your life.

Also read: A Beginner’s Guide to the Mediterranean Diet



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