Following the Mediterranean diet is thought to be linked to several health benefits, particularly for the heart. With stroke being the major concern in America and many other nations of the world, simple steps taken to reduce its risk is what is the need of the time.
Following the Mediterranean diet could help reduce stroke risk, but the exact mechanism between this link was not yet known. “The question was ‘In a U.S. population of women, what is the association between adhering to the Mediterranean diet and stroke risk, specifically stroke subtypes?” she said. “That hasn’t really been studied.”
However, the findings of a new study have managed to uncover it all- the researchers found that adhering to a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats and avoiding sugar, meat and processed foods could reduce the risk of ischemic stroke significantly- and all these criteria actually make up the Mediterranean diet.
The researchers recommend that people must consider making small changes to their diet such as switching from butter to olive oil, reducing their consumption of red meats and adding more fish and nuts for their proteins, and other healthy swatches to their diet.
North Shore University Hospital chair of neurology Dr. Paul Wright comments, “Overall, there is strong evidence, based on this study, that strict adherence to a Mediterranean diet significantly reduces stroke risk.”
While the study does not establish a cause-and-effect relationship between reduced stroke risk and the Mediterranean diet, these findings are worth considering and could prove to be highly effective for individuals at a higher risk of stroke.