The most comprehensively assessed and consistently supported diet by the medical literature in regard to its benefits on cardiovascular health and reduction in cardiovascular events is the traditional Mediterranean diet. Dr. Norman Roth discusses key aspects of the diet and explains how this can benefit heart health.
The main components of the Mediterranean diet include:
The diet also recommends:
The Mediterranean diet leads to a reduction in blood pressure, promotes weight loss, reduces LDL (or bad cholesterol) and triglyceride levels, both of which are associated with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The diet also can lead to a modest increase in HDL (or good cholesterol) and can lead to decreased intravascular inflammation (an important component to the formation of atherosclerotic or cholesterol plaque in arterial walls).
I urge my patients, especially those who have established cardiovascular disease, to try and follow the Mediterranean diet if possible, as this gives them the best chance of preventing future cardiovascular events when combined with optimal medical therapy and routine exercise.
Hear Dr. Roth discuss the Mediterranean diet and its benefits on heart health.