The Mediterranean diet features foods eaten in Greece, Spain, southern Italy and France, and other countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. It emphasizes eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and high-fibre grains, and limits meat, cheese, and sweets.
The Mediterranean diet may:
This diet contains more fat than other heart-healthy diets. But the fats are mainly from nuts, unsaturated oils, such as fish oils, olive oil, and certain nut or seed oils (such as canola, soybean, or flaxseed oil). These types of oils may help protect the heart and blood vessels.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
The Mediterranean diet may also include red wine with your meal—1 glass each day for women and up to 2 glasses a day for men.
Part of the Mediterranean diet is being active. Get at least 2½ hours of exercise a week. Walking is a good choice. You also may want to do other activities, such as running, swimming, cycling, or playing tennis or team sports.
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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