The Mediterranean diet may reduce the risk of heart disease and early death in women by up to 24%, according to an analysis of 16 studies.
A new analysis of 16 studies found that following a Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of heart disease and death in women by almost 25%. The analysis separated out details about women from men and found that women who most closely followed the Mediterranean diet had a 24% lower risk of heart disease and a 23% lower risk of early death than those who barely followed the diet. The study found similar results for men, with a 22% lower risk of heart disease and death for those who followed the diet closely. The cardiovascular benefits of a high-quality diet should be the same regardless of sex, according to a specialist in preventive and lifestyle medicine and nutrition.