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Is diet ‘as effective as statins’ for heart disease?

Health  Nutrition  Research  

"Patients should be counselled about the nature and value of a healthy diet - a Mediterranean Diet."

Every day, over a billion people worldwide fight the risk of heart attack by taking the cholesterol lowering drugs statins.

Now, a group of prominent international academics and physicians have stated publicly that this risk could alternatively be reduced by adopting the Mediterranean Diet.

Writing in the journal Prescriber they say, “Patients should be counselled about the nature and value of a healthy diet. A Mediterranean diet in moderation is a cardiovascular intervention tested in randomised trials and shown to reduce cardiovascular disease events.”

They go on to state that, “Patients should know that physical activities, particularly enjoyable ones, can lead to important, lasting health and quality of life benefits.”

And, they further point out that, “roughly 80 per cent of cardiovascular disease can be attributed to modifiable lifestyle factors such as nutrition, physical activity and smoking.”

Source: McCormack J, et al. Challenging treatment thresholds. Prescriber 5 September 2015