The Mediterranean diet reduces by 30% the heart attack and stroke risk

The Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil or nuts, is able to reduce by 30% the risk of myocardial infarction, stroke or cardiovascular death, according to the results obtained by Spanish investigators after nearly ten years of research. The study, published today in The New England Journal of Medicine, represents the successful culmination of PREDIMED, a project that started in 2003 with funding from the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII), a institution from the Ministry of Research, Development and Innovation of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitividad. The study has received a total funding close to eight million euros, of which seven have been provided by the ISCIII.

The Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, Carmen Vela, presided in Madrid the presentation of the results, that were explained by Dr. Ramon Estruch, leader of the group that has coordinated PREDIMED from Hospital Clínic - IDIBAPS of Barcelona and the University of Barcelona. Simultaneously, the head of the rest of the groups, Dr. Miguel Angel Martinez-Gonzalez, from the University of Navarra, has unveiled the same results at the International Congress of Nutrition being held these days in Loma Linda, California.