When the word “diet” comes into a conversation, women always feel something in their throat. It’s all those years, calculated into hard worked days full of trying not to want anything tasty because sugar comes with the territory. But diet also means nutritional plan, not only manners to lose weight, but to become healthier and thus, not needing to lose any weight whatsoever.
A recent study has found that the Mediterranean diet helps especially with those beneficial changes that the human body needs nowadays. In addition, the greatest news stated in the study is that if this particular diet is followed, the risk of having an ischemic stroke diminishes with 18 percent.
The number of female participants to the study is quite big: more than 100,000 female educators and administrators. The study has been made in their specific field, and it has been named the California Teachers Study. The tasks that they were given were neat and simple: the teachers had to answer questionnaires about their diet plans, the foods they prefer and how they prefer them. Also, those who regularly followed a Mediterranean plan have been separately analyzed. In the end, everything has been put side by side and compared.
Before the results were published, apart from diet , there were some things that were also very important to know and to register: the BMI, the type of exercise that the women were doing every week, and family health history. Taking everything into consideration, he researchers have indeed found that those who had a Mediterranean diet have 18% less chances to experience a stroke. For the study, a Mediterranean diet has meant: plenty of vegetables, legumes, olive-oil, nuts, and a smaller amount of red meat and full-fat dairy products.
Furthermore, a lot of recent studies made by the University of Harvard have shown that the Mediterranean diet can lower the risk of important diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s. In addition, this diet has also the power to accelerate the healing of inflammations and to increase longevity.
However, unfortunately, the risk of a hemorrhagic stroke isn’t influenced by the Mediterranean diet.
Ayersha Sherzai, a famous neurologist and lead-author of the study has stated that indeed the Mediterranean diet that is based mainly on plants versus less meat and saturated fats really influences the chance of having a stroke. Her study has been presented and very welcomed at the annual meeting of the American Stroke Association.
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