Wondering if Pizza is on the Menu? Gelato perhaps, or a nice Spaghetti al ragu?
The jury is in: the Mediterranean diet saves lives, and plenty of them. Just this week at a cardiology conference in Rome (where else?) another large study confirmed it.
So why is it that I so rarely prescribe the Mediterranean diet for my patients?
To answer that, we must examine dietary advice and GPs in general, and unfortunately me in particular.
But first, the new evidence from the Moli-sani study. A group of 1197 Italians with a history of cardiovascular disease were followed for eight years, and their degree of adherence to a Mediterranean diet was assessed on a 9-point score. The all-cause mortality was 37% lower in those who followed the diet (score 6-9) compared to those who didn’t (score 0-3).
That 37% is huge, by the standards of most medication interventions. In comparison, taking a statin (cholesterol medication) reduces mortality by around 25%.
Ah, but association is…
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