Journal scan

Mediterranean diet could lower cardiovascular disease risk in UK

Diet high in fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains could significantly reduce risk of stroke and heart attacks, say University of Cambridge researchers. 
Mediterranean diet

Diet high in fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains could significantly reduce risk of stroke and heart attacks, say University of Cambridge researchers

In the first study of its kind carried out in a UK population, the researchers collected data from 23,902 initially healthy people taking part in the EPIC-Norfolk prospective cohort study.

They found that healthy individuals with greater adherence to a Mediterranean-type diet had a 6% to 16% lower risk of future cardiovascular disease compared with those with poor adherence.

Lead study author Nita Forouhi said encouraging greater adoption of a Mediterranean diet could be a promising component of a wider strategy to help prevent cardiovascular disease, along with not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight, and healthy levels of cholesterol and blood pressure.

We estimate that 3.9% of all new cardiovascular disease cases or 12.5% of cardiovascular

...

Diet high in fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains could significantly reduce risk of stroke and heart attacks, say University of Cambridge researchers 


Picture: Alamy

In the first study of its kind carried out in a UK population, the researchers collected data from 23,902 initially healthy people taking part in the EPIC-Norfolk prospective cohort study. 

They found that healthy individuals with greater adherence to a Mediterranean-type diet had a 6% to 16% lower risk of future cardiovascular disease compared with those with poor adherence. 

Lead study author Nita Forouhi said encouraging greater adoption of a Mediterranean diet could be a ‘promising component’ of a wider strategy to help prevent cardiovascular disease, along with not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight, and healthy levels of cholesterol and blood pressure. 

‘We estimate that 3.9% of all new cardiovascular disease cases or 12.5% of cardiovascular deaths in our UK-based study population could potentially be avoided if this population increased their adherence to the Mediterranean diet,’ she said. 


Tong T et al (2016) Prospective association of the Mediterranean diet with cardiovascular disease incidence and mortality and its population impact in a non-Mediterranean population: the EPIC-Norfolk study. BMC Medicine. doi:10.1186/s12916-016-0677-4

Want to read more?

Subscribe for unlimited access

Enjoy 1 month's access for £1 and get:

  • Full access to nursing standard.com and the Nursing Standard app
  • Monthly digital edition
  • RCNi Portfolio and interactive CPD quizzes
  • RCNi Learning with 200+ evidence-based modules
  • 10 articles a month from any other RCNi journal

This article is not available as part of an institutional subscription. Why is this?

Jobs