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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Men who follow a Mediterranean diet breathe easier

Following a Mediterranean diet may reduce the chance of men developing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease by half, according to a study published in the online journal Thorax. COPD is an umbrella term for the lung diseases of emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Between 1986 and 1998 researchers tracked the health of almost 43,000 men whose eating patterns fell into two distinct categories. Those who ate a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and fish (the "Mediterranean" diet) showed a 50 percent lower risk of developing COPD than those who ate a diet rich in processed foods, refined sugars, and cured and red meats (the "Western" diet), even after adjusting for age, smoking, and other risk factors.

This sounds like a good reason to start frequenting BARcelona....
M. Zane Grey, 9:37 PM