The Mediterranean diet cuts the risk of developing COPD by half

We all already know many of the beneficial properties of the Mediterranean diet, but studies continue to be carried out and they continue to show us new benefits for the health of those who maintain this diet.

According to research published in the specialized journal of the British Medical Journal, Thorax, following a Mediterranean diet reduces by half the possibility of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), such as bronchitis or pulmonary emphysema, pathologies mainly caused by smoking and those that predict will become the third leading cause of death in the world by 2020.

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston (USA) followed nearly 43,000 men between 1986 and 1998, involving more than 50,000 health professionals who were asked different questions every two years, such as the lifestyle of the participants, if they smoked, what diet they maintained, what medical history they had, if they exercised, etc.The scientists made two specific categories about diets, who ate a diet rich in processed foods, refined sugar and cured and red meats, which they called the Western diet, and the diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fish, the so-called Mediterranean diet.

After twelve years of monitoring the volunteers, taking into account in addition to diet, age or smoking among other risk factors, the researchers concluded that men who maintained a diet closer to the Mediterranean, reduced by 50% the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

We expect new benefits on the Mediterranean diet, but let's not forget that accompanied by exercise, good health will increase.

Via | Europa Press More information | Thorax

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