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Mediterranean Diet Helps Offset Bad Genes

Study Shows Mediterranean Diet Boosts Heart Health in People Genetically Wired for Poor Heart Health

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“Our findings suggest that autonomic tone may be one of the mechanisms linking the Mediterranean diet to a lower rate of cardiovascular events,” authors concluded in the study.

Dai said in a telephone interview that the findings show that despite a person’s genetic makeup, he can still take actions to positively affect his health. Even if you don’t have good genes, you can still choose a healthy diet and that will give you a greater likelihood of having “good heart autonomic function,” she said.

The study had several limitations. Because participants were mostly white, middle-aged men, it may not be possible to generalize the results to women or other ethnic groups, the researchers note. The food frequency questionnaires may have also underestimated the amount of foods and nutrients participants actually ate.

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