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Sample Report: Mediterranean Diet Effectiveness
The Mediterranean diet is known to have many health benefits. It is rich in monounsaturated (good) fats that are important in reducing the risk of heart disease, increasing good cholesterol, and delaying cognitive decline.
Genetic variations in several genes, including ADIPOQ, PPARG, MTHFR, TCF7L2, LPL and MLXIPL, were found to be associated with an increased benefit from following a Mediterranean diet.
The diet has also been associated with longevity by reducing the risk of heart disease. This reduced risk may be partially attributed to the diet's association with lower levels of oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol — the "bad" cholesterol that is responsible for burrowing into your arteries and developing into plaque.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a meta-analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults demonstrated that following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality as well as overall mortality.
The Mediterranean diet has also been associated with a reduced incidence of cancer, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and breast cancer (Mayo Clinic).