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Tuesday, 11 January 2011

So-called "Mediterranean diet and lifestyle" found wanting

It has been believed for many years that the diet and lifestyle of many people living around the Mediterranean tended to protect them from the common diseases of 'affluence' (cardio-vascular, diabetes, high blood-pressure, etc), specially prevalent in countries such as the US and the UK. These comfortable assumptions have been shown to be doubtful, based on a new study in Málaga, perhaps based on the fact that Spain is no longer a largely rural country with the 'lifestyles' that have tended to go with that. The study also found a high correlation between low education levels and high risk factors. The results of the study were published in the January issue of IJCP, the International Journal of Clinical Practice.

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