Thursday, August 22, 2013

Mediterranean diet: Possible stroke prevention

Diet plays into stroke risk factors - both good and bad ways. A new study (click on the link to read the entire story) reports that a Mediterranean diet may counter the genetic risk of stroke:
Mediterranean diets heavy in two foods -- olive oil and nuts -- are linked to a lower rate of strokes in older people whose genetic makeup boosts their risk of diabetes, according to a new study.
The research suggests but doesn't conclusively prove that the diet lowers or even eliminates the extra risk of stroke, perhaps by lowering the rate of diabetes. Still, "our work has placed a solid step on the ladder of personalized nutrition and successful health," said study co-author Jose Ordovas, director of the nutrition and genomics laboratory at Tufts University's USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging.

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