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Monday, 19 August 2013
Tuft University researchers have discovered that a gene variant associated with the development of type 2 diabetes appears to interact with a Mediterranean diet pattern to prevent stroke.
Based in Spain, the study enrolled more than 7,000 men and women assigned to either a Mediterranean or low-fat control diet and monitored them for cardiovascular disease, stroke, and heart attack for almost five years.
“Being on the Mediterranean diet reduced the number of strokes in people with two copies of the variant. The food they ate appeared to eliminate any increased stroke susceptibility, putting them on an even playing field with people with one or no copies of the variant,” José M. Ordovás, PhD., director of the Nutrition and Genomics Laboratory at the USDA HNRCA at Tufts University, was quoted as saying.
SOURCE: Diabetes Care, August 2013