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May is International Mediterranean Diet Month!

This month, explore the Mediterranean region with our team here at Pangea Nutrition. Let's begin International Mediterranean Diet Month with a tour of Greek culture and foods.

Posted by Jason Paruthi, MD

Who Discovered the Mediterranean Diet?

The first studies on the Mediterranean diet took place in the 1950s by American scientist Dr. Ancel Keys. Back then, we did not understand much about how nutrition and lifestyle affect health problems like heart disease. Scientists did notice, however, that people in some countries were healthier and lived longer than others.

Posted by Jason Paruthi, MD

What is the Mediterranean Diet?

The Mediterranean diet is most accurately defined as the dietary patterns and lifestyle traditionally followed until the 1960s by people in areas surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, such as in parts of Greece and Southern Italy. People in this region were noted to live longer and healthier lives, a fact that drew the interest of scientists from...

Posted by Jason Paruthi, MD

The Mediterranean Diet May Help Decrease Total Mortality (Death) Risk

In a randomized study in Spain, 7,216 people were assigned to one of three diets: a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with mixed nuts, or a control diet (with advice to reduce dietary fat intake).1

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In Elderly Adults, the Mediterranean Diet May Help Prevent Cognitive Decline and Dementia

In a prospective study in Athens, Greece of 401 elderly men and women (age 65+), adherence to the Mediterranean diet was measured in addition to performance on the mini-mental state examination over time, to estimate the severity and progression of cognitive impairment or dementia.1

Posted by Jason Paruthi, MD

The Mediterranean Diet May Help Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 52%

In a randomized trial in Spain of 218 nondiabetic participants age 55 to 80 years old, subjects were randomly assigned to one of three diets: a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with mixed nuts, or a control diet (with advice to reduce dietary fat intake).1

Posted by Jason Paruthi, MD

The Mediterranean Diet May Help Prevent Heart Attacks and Stroke

In the PREDIMED multicenter trial in Spain, a total of 7,447 people with high cardiovascular risk were randomly assigned to one of three diets: a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with mixed nuts, or a control diet (with advice to reduce dietary fat intake).1

Posted by Jason Paruthi, MD