A traditional Mediterranean diet rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and fish can cut the risk of developing serious lung disease by half, researchers say. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for conditions such as emphysema and bronchitis. It leads to damaged air-ways, making it harder for people to breathe.
Smoking is the most important risk factor for getting COPD, which experts predict will become the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2020.
Not all smokers develop the disease, which has led researchers to examine how genetic and environmental factors, such as diet, play a role.
A study released before it is published today in the journal Thorax, found that eating a Mediterranean diet cut the risk of developing COPD in half.
Source - Times