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chrisdh79 OP t1_jcabg3g wrote

From the article: A University of Sydney-led review into the benefits of the Mediterranean diet in women has found women who followed a Mediterranean diet had up to 24 percent lower risk of heart disease and a 23 percent lower risk of death.

The researchers say to their knowledge this study is the first review to examine the association between the Mediterranean diet, cardiovascular disease and mortality specifically in women.

The findings, published in Heart Journal, examined data from 16 published studies where women were following the Mediterranean diet. The studies were between 2006 and 2021 and involved over 722,000 female participants.

Interestingly, further analysis of data found similar reduced risk applied in women of all ethnicities, with women of European descent having a 24 percent lower risk, and women of non-European descent (Asian, Native Hawaiian and African American) having a 21 percent lower risk.

The results will be invaluable in updating the dietary and clinical guideline recommendations such as the Australian dietary guidelines for diets in women, particularly to help prevent heart disease. The latest report comparing Australian women’s diet to national dietary guidelines found less than 1 in 10 Australian women are meeting fruit and vegetable intake guidelines.

University of Sydney PhD candidate at the Westmead Applied Research Centre (WARC) Ms Anushriya Pant said a Mediterranean diet – high in fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, legumes and healthy fats like olive oil and nuts, with a moderate intake of seafood and lean protein is known for its heart health benefits but its impact by sex has never been explored.

“The Mediterranean diet is known for its health benefits, especially for heart health, but most studies and research into diet and heart disease are done primarily in men,” said Ms Pant, who led the analysis.


swift-penguin t1_jcaj850 wrote

Has any research compared the Mediterranean diet to other “healthy” diets? Wondering if the benefits in this paper largely stem from comparing the Mediterranean diet to the baseline unhealthy first world diet


Crow4u t1_jcatye0 wrote

I saw a healthy diet comparison article a month ago but not sure where. The author conclusion was - beans.


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Potential_Limit_9123 t1_jccnc9p wrote

These are based on FFQs, which are completely unreliable. One of the ones they used is the Nurses’ Health Study, and they simply applied some formula to adherence to what they think is a "Mediterranean" diet.

There is just so much wrong with this.


Sttopp_lying t1_jce25op wrote

What objective measures are you using to deem FFQs unreliable?


redditaccount71987 t1_jcihok7 wrote

It doesn't do anything when you have untreated hashimotos and lifelong cardiac that folks refuse to treat.