The researchers studied data, including dietary habits, from a group of 780 Midwestern firefighters.
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The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)Â reports that the Mediterranean diet is associated with a lower risk of heart disease among a sizable group of Midwestern firefighters. The study is the first to examine the impacts of a Mediterranean-style diet among a group of young U.S. workers.
“Our study adds more evidence showing the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet, even after adjusting for exercise and body weight,” noted Stefanos Kales, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health at HSPH and chief of occupational and environmental medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA).