By Kelley Colihan
WebMD Health NewsReviewed by Louise Chang, MD
Sept. 11, 2008 -- More accolades are being heaped on the Mediterranean diet. This time, researchers say the diet may actually help prevent certain chronic diseases. such as Alzheimer's disease and related dementias as well as others.
A review of studies, led by the University of Florence's Francesco Sofi, looks at what role a Mediterranean diet played in the primary prevention of diseases
Researchers cobbled together 12 studies representing more than 1.5 million people who were followed from three to 18 years.
They gave people a score of 0 points for a low adherence to the Mediterranean diet and 7 to 9 points maximum for those who followed it religiously.
Mediterranean Diet and Disease
The researchers found that people who followed a strict Mediterranean diet were:
9% less likely to die from heart disease or other cardiovascular problems
6% less likely to develop cancer or die from it
13% less likely to have Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease
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