A HEALTHY DIET: Mediterranean Diet
Mediterranean diets are rich in healthy unsaturated fats from olive oil or nuts
(such as walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds), have been found to have a better
benefit than low-fat diets' for improving
cholesterol, blood pressure and blood
sugar levels.  It has been found that olive oil and nut have mostly
monounsaturated fat, antioxidants,and other nutrients that may have health
benefits of reducing inflammation in the blood vessels and heart-protection.

A recent study of 769 patients suffered from type 2
diabetes has shown a
small improvement in HDL in those on Mediterranean diet while a decline of
HDL with low-fat diets. Furthermore, Mediterranean diet also help lower the
high blood pressure, sugar levels. and C-reactive protein (a marker of chronic
inflammation).

SOURCE: Annals of Internal Medicine, July 4, 2006.
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