2. What health benefits are associated with the Mediterranean diet?
Epidemiologic and clinical studies have clearly shown that a Mediterranean-style diet is associated with overall greater health and longevity, lower incidence of cancers (of the colon, breast, prostate, and uterus), and lower incidence of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease. Furthermore, recent studies indicate that such a diet may reduce dementia of both Alzheimer’s and vascular types. Expert consensus is that the health benefits are due to diet composition coupled with a physically active lifestyle.
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