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Mediterranean-style diet improves heart function

02/08/2010

Using data from 276 identical and fraternal male twins (Emory Twins Heart Study), researchers found that middle-aged men eating a Mediterranean-style diet had a greater heart rate variability (HRV) than those eating a Western-type diet

Using data from 276 identical and fraternal male twins (Emory Twins Heart Study), researchers found that middle-aged men eating a Mediterranean-style diet had a greater heart rate variability (HRV) than those eating a Western-type diet. Heart rate variability refers to the variation in the time interval between heartbeats during everyday life. Reduced HRV is a risk factor for coronary artery disease and sudden death.A Mediterranean-style diet is characterised by low saturated fats, high levels of fish, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, olive oil, cereals and moderate intake of wine. For the first time, an association between the Mediterranean diet and HRV was demonstrated.
According to the results of this study, sensible eating and moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages can improve heart function, even for individuals with genes that put them at higher risk of cardiovascular disease.

Dai J, Lampert R, Wilson PW, Goldberg J, Ziegler TR, Vaccarino V. Mediterranean Dietary Pattern Is
With Improved Cardiac Autonomic Function Among Middle-Aged Men: A Twin Study. Circ Cardiovasc
Qual Outcomes 2010 [epub ahead of print].
 

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