The Mediterranean diet is best known for its emphasis on fruits, vegetables, nuts, olive oil, and whole grains, moderate intake of fish and poultry, and reduced consumption of red meat, dairy products, sweets, and processed foods. It has become popular for weight loss, but it has also been shown to improve creatinine clearance in patients with renal disease and reduce the risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD). Even in studies with no weight loss or physical activity interventions, the Mediterranean diet with olive oil has reduced the risk of diabetes more than a low-fat diet.
|Mediterranean Diet’s Impact on Peripheral Artery Disease
A randomized primary prevention study found that a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts was associated with a lower risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD) compared to low-fat diet counseling (control group). Read More
|Reducing Diabetes Risk with the Mediterranean Diet
A study assigned participants at high risk for cardiovascular disease to a Mediterranean diet that was supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with nuts, or a control diet (low-fat dietary advice). In the follow-up, rates of new-onset diabetes were lowest in those eating the Mediterranean diet with extra-virgin olive oil.
|Evidence-Based Weight Loss and the Mediterranean Diet
With so many popular diets available, it’s important to evaluate evidence-based methods for weight loss. Some plans, like the Mediterranean diet, offer added benefits like increased cardiovascular health and a reduction in myocardial and cardiovascular mortality.
|Mediterranean Diet: A Good Model for CKD Patients
Metabolic parameters, including blood lipids, blood pressure, and insulin sensitivity, have shown improvement in patients adhering to the Mediterranean diet. It can also improve creatinine clearance and reduce endothelium calcification, making it a good option for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Read More