PREDIMED

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PREDIMED

The PREDIMED study is one of the few randomized controlled trials about the Mediterranean Diet. More than 7400 individuals at high risk of cardiovascular disease were recruited and tracked in 11 study sites.

The study participants were randomly assigned to one of three groups:

  1. The participants receive advice on how to follow a Mediterranean diet as well as free extra-virgin olive oil,
  2. The participants receive advice on how to follow a Mediterranean diet as well as free nuts,
  3. The control group receives advice on how to follow a low-fat diet.

The main end-points that the researchers looked for were cardiovascular events such as heart attacks, strokes and deaths from cardiovascular causes.

The study was stopped early after 4.8 years of follow-up as researchers found that the participants following a Mediterranean diet supplemented with olive oil or nuts had a 30% lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared to the control group.

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