(Washington Post) Hanna Bloomfield's bosses at the Department of Veterans Affairs had been reading a lot about the plant-based Mediterranean diet. Some highly publicized recent studies had shown that eating lots of fresh vegetables and olive oil along with maybe a splash of red wine could have tremendous health benefits, and they wondered whether it was something the VA, as an organization, should consider recommending to its more than 9 million patients.
They tasked Bloomfield with figuring out whether this health effect was real — or simply hype. Bloomfield, associate chief of staff for research for the Minneapolis VA Health Care System and a professor at the University of Minnesota, pulled 56 previously conducted studies on the subject and re-analyzed all the data…
When looking at mortality, the results were discouraging. Bloomfield found that the diet didn't seem to impact overall mortality. That is, those who stuck to the diet didn't seem to have a lower risk for dying earlier than those who ate differently.
However, there did seem to be a lot of good news when looking at specific diseases. The Mediterranean diet not only appeared to reduce a person's risk of heart issues but also seemed to have benefits in connection with breast cancer and type 2 diabetes.[Click the title, above, to post a comment.]