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The Mediterranean Diet by Ronald Ross Watson, Victor R. Preedy

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Chapter 32

A Mediterranean Diet in Relation to Subclinical Vascular Conditions

Hannah Gardener, ScD; Clinton B. Wright, MD, MSc    University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA.

Abstract

Adherence to a Mediterranean-style diet may be associated with the risk of vascular outcomes including stroke, cardiac disease, and cognitive impairment through its effects on blood vessels and related vascular damage. White matter lesions, brain infarction, and arterio/atherosclerosis are often subclinical. This chapter reviews the current evidence for a relationship between a Mediterranean diet and these subclinical vascular conditions. While some studies support a potential role of adherence to a Mediterranean diet in decreasing the burden ...

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