Mediterranean Diet Reduces COPD Risk

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Mediterranean Diet Reduces COPD Risk

By Michael Smith, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Boston, May 15 -- The so-called Mediterranean diet -- high in fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains -- is associated with a 50% reduction in the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to researchers here.
In contrast, a Western diet high in such consumables as refined grains, cured and red meats, desserts and French fries is associated with almost a fivefold increase in the risk of COPD, found Raphaëlle Varraso, Ph.D., of Harvard School of Public Health, and colleagues.
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Reference:
Varraso R et al. "Prospective study of dietary patterns and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among US men." Thorax 2007;0:1-6. doi: 10.1136/thx.2006.074534.
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