Mediterranean diet better than statins at combatting heart disease

Heart disease is better treated with a Mediterranean diet than cholesterol-lowering drugs, a new study has claimed.  Experts concluded that a diet rich in vegetables, nuts, fish and oils can cut the chances of early death in heart patients by 37 per cent.

The study followed 1,200 people who had a history of heart disease and found those who most closely followed a typically Mediterranean diet were less likely to die. Professor Giovanni de Gaetano, head of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention at the IRCCS Neuromed Institute in Italy, said diet had a powerful effect and doctors should consider tackling food intake before resorting to drugs.

"The Mediterranean diet is widely recognised as one of the healthier nutrition habits in the world,” he said. "In fact, many scientific studies have shown that a traditional Mediterranean lifestyle is associated with a lower risk of various chronic diseases and, more importantly, of death from any cause."

Source - BBC