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

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Chapter 41

Reducing Proinflammatory States with the Mediterranean Diet

Possible Mechanism for Cancer Prevention

Zora Djuric zoralong@umich.edu    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48118, USA.

Abstract

A chronic, low-grade proinflammatory state is one of the main causes of type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and substantial evidence now shows that inflammatory changes affect cancer risk. Indeed, a proinflammatory state may be a common risk factor for all three major chronic diseases that humans face today. A Mediterranean diet can reduce proinflammatory processes, however, and, as a result, it can circumvent the toxicity associated with pharmacological approaches and offer benefits in many health domains. The data indicates that ...

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