Hi everyone, good to write to you once again. I apologize that it has been a few months since my last post. The rest of life gets in the way sometimes! I have been busy with family and work responsibilities…and a vacation too.
For today I thought I would mention some recent dietary evidence that has become available. We had previously advised patients to have a straightforward low fat, low sugar diet, low in calories. While this is still better than an average, unhealthy diet some data had suggested diet did not make a difference for patients already on medications. As doctors I think we were also skeptical – medications that lower blood pressure or cholesterol are very potent and effective if used properly. Did diet still make a difference?
A study from Spain gives great evidence that a Mediterranean diet is effective at reducing stroke and cardiovascular disease. Here is the original study in the New England Journal of Medicine.: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1200303?query=featured_home&#t=article. The Guardian does a great job explaining the trial, so I will quote their article here.
“Spanish researchers led by Prof Ramon Estruch, a professor of medicine at Barcelona University, studied 7,447 men aged 55 to 88 and women aged 60 to 80 between 2003 and 2009.