Mediterranean Diet Lower Heart Disease Risk In women
According to a recent review of 16 studies, closely adhering to a Mediterranean diet may reduce a woman's risk of heart disease and death by approximately 25%.
This study adds to what is already known about the cardiovascular benefits of a Mediterranean diet but further reiterates that it can be equally as beneficial in women as it is known to be in men.
Worldwide, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, according to the World Health Organization.
In the UK, coronary artery disease claims the lives of more women than breast cancer, while in the United States, heart disease claimed the lives of one in five women in 2020.
It's well known that eating a Mediterranean-style diet is healthy for your heart, but Victoria Taylor, a senior dietitian at the British Heart Foundation, said in a statement.
It's reassuring to see new research imply that the advantages persist when we look at women separately from males. She wasn't a part of the investigation.
According to the study, women who adhered most closely to the Mediterranean diet had a 24% lower risk of heart disease and a 23% lower risk of dying young.
The study also found a decrease in stroke-related mortality, but it was not statistically significant.