Chapter 5

The Mediterranean Diet and Mortality

Genevieve Buckland, MSc, PhD; Antonio Agudo, MD, MSc, PhD    Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO), Barcelona, Spain.


Mediterranean populations are traditionally characterized by their long life spans, believed to be due to their healthy Mediterranean dietary (MD) pattern. This chapter reviews 21 epidemiological studies (19 cohort and 2 experimental) researching the effect of adherence to an MD on overall and cause-specific mortality. Despite methodological differences between studies, there was consistent evidence that high adherence to the MD was related to an ~ 20% reduction in mortality, especially cardiovascular ...

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