The Mediterranean Diet of Crete

Dr. Artemis is researching the Mediterranean Diet of Crete for general health, Diabetes, and medicinal plants and foods of Crete. She began her research for her doctorate at the University of Lancaster, UK. She is working on a book based on her research and is in the process of doing a clinical study on a Mediterranean Diet for Diabetes.

“The Mediterranean diet” has been shown to be protective against chronic disease, cancer, all cause mortality, and increase longevity according to numerous epidemiological and clinical studies over the past 50 years and “over 80% of coronary heart disease, 70% of stroke, and 90% of Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented with food choices consistent with the Mediterranean diet” (1, 2, 3). There are many types of Mediterranean diets and the type of Mediterranean diet that is consistent with these positive findings is based on the traditional diet of Crete in Greece (4). The cohort from Crete that had the lowest rates of heart disease, all-cause mortality, and cancer were self-sufficient and their diet was based on traditional agricultural practices and utilization of natural resources. There are components of the traditional diet of Crete that are not included in “the Mediterranean diet” that contribute to the optimal health benefits seen in the 7 countries study. Furthermore, there are lifestyle factors that have been shown to independently provide health benefits.

  • 1. Keys, A, et. al (1986). The diet and 15-year death rate in the seven countries study. American Journal of Epidemiology, 124. Pp903-915.
  • 2. Kromhout, D. (1989). Food consumption patterns in the Seven Countries Study. Seven Countries Study Research Group. Ann Med, 21. Pp 237-238.
  • 3. Willett, C (2006). The Mediterranean diet: science and practice. Public Health Nutr, 9. Pp 105-110.
  • 4. Willett, C, Trichopoulou, A, et. al. (1995). Mediterranean diet pyramid: a cultural model for healthy eating, 61. Pp 1402S-1406S.

 

The Mediterranean Diet study is now closed. Thank you to all who participated!

 

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