PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 28, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Health Leader MD
knows how important a healthy diet is. Proper nutrition helps people lose weight, stay fit and battle a whole host of ailments. Research is also showing that a proper diet reduces a person's risk for cancer, stroke and heart attack among other harmful diseases.
A recent article
published by Fox News asserted that a Mediterranean diet might counteract a person's genetic risk for stroke. Health Leader MD cautions people against eating specific diets because they think the food is a 'cure-all' for disease, but does herald the benefits of eating Mediterranean. The diet is already regularly touted for its benefits for heart health.
Researchers considered an alternative to the low-fat diet American doctors readily prescribe to overweight and at-risk patients. In other parts of the world, notably the region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, people eat a diet that is not particularly low fat but includes the right fats for the body. The inclusion of olive oil and nuts, especially walnuts, is what distinguishes the Mediterranean diet from other healthy alternatives.
The article says a recent study followed 7,000 men and women from Spain who were randomly assigned to eat a Mediterranean diet or a low-fat diet. During the five-year study, participants underwent genetic testing and were given frequent food questionnaires and monitored for strokes, heart attacks and cardiovascular illness. Genetic testing specifically looked for a variant of the Transcription Factor 7-Like 2 (TCF7L2) gene. Scientists wanted to determine whether genetics contributed to the effectiveness of the healthy diets most commonly prescribed.
According to the article, "After analyzing the results of the five-year study, the researchers discovered that people with two copies of the TCF7L2 variant experienced a greatly reduced number of strokes when they adhered to the Mediterranean diet. However, if these individuals adhered to the low-fat diet, their risk of stoke was three times greater than individuals with one or no copies of the genetic variant."
It is theorized that the nuts and extra virgin olive oil found in a Mediterranean diet add healthy fats that suppress the genes linked to increased stroke risk. Health Leader MD encourages people looking for healthy diets that are rich in flavor and relatively simple to follow turn to the Mediterranean diet.
The diet recommended is modeled after the traditional eating habits found in Greece, southern Italy and Spain. The diet involves a high consumption of fruits, vegetables, legumes, olive oil and unrefined cereal. People also eat moderate to high volumes of fish and a moderate amount of dairy products. Other meat products, including red meat are not highly consumed.
Health coaches recommend eating this style diet and adding in moderate exercise to decrease their risk of cardiovascular diseases. Health Leader MD also advises that this type of lifestyle helps people lose weight and keep the weight off.
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