Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Med Diet Cuts Stroke Risk for Women (but Men Aren't So Lucky)

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Med Diet Cuts Stroke Risk for Women (but Men Aren't So Lucky)

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Byline: Ross Lydall Health Editor

THE Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of stroke in women by almost a quarter but only by a tiny fraction in men, UK researchers revealed today.

They found that women who followed a diet rich in fish, fruit, nuts, beans and oils and with limited meat and dairy had a 22 per cent lower chance of suffering the potentially deadly brain injury.

The research, a collaboration between the universities of East Anglia, Cambridge and Aberdeen, is one of the first to find evidence of a difference between the sexes in following the diet.

Advocates include actors Penelope Cruz, who said it helped her after the birth of her son, and John Goodman, who credited it with helping him lose weight.

Men who followed the diet were said to have a six per cent lower chance of stroke but this figure could be down to "chance" or sampling error.

The project followed the eating habits of more than 23,000 people aged 40 to 77 for 17 years. During the period, 2,009 strokes were recorded. The research found the greater the adherence to the diet, the smaller the risk of suffering a stroke. …

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