Mediterranean-Style Diet May Be Linked To Improved Cardiac Function

Mediterranean-Style Diet May Be Linked To Improved Cardiac Function.
HealthDay (6/15, Edelson) reported that “eating a Mediterranean-style diet might improve an important measure of heart function,” according to a study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. The researchers “found that higher Mediterranean diet scores were related to greater variability in heart rate. On a nine-point scale, every one-unit difference was associated with a greater heart rate variability of 3.9 percent to 13 percent.”
Increased Intake Of Refined Carbohydrates May Increase Risk For MI. MedWire (6/15, McDermid) reported that, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “substituting dietary saturated fatty acids (SFA) for carbohydrates with a high glycemic index…value could do more harm than good.” After studying 53,644 Danes, “with a median age of 56 years, who had completed food-frequency questionnaires and had no cardiovascular disease at baseline,” then following them for about 12 years, researchers found that “each 5% increase in consumption, and concomitant fall in SFA intake, [was] associated with a significant 33% rise in MI risk.” An accompanying editorial called for shifting “focus of the diet-heart paradigm away from restricted fat intake and toward reduced consumption of refined carbohydrates.'”

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