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March 8, 2013

A look at what others are saying

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There is no way the national debt can be contained in the long run without making gradual, long-term changes in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, yet those programs are untouched by the sequestration cuts.

The rest of us, weary of lurching from one disaster to another, will watch with resignation and disdain as our broken Congress continues to flounder.

The Sun Journal of Lewiston (Maine)

A diet for longer life

A five-year study of the Mediterranean diet — one high in fresh fruits and vegetables, low in meat, and marked by consumption of olive oil and nuts — has shown a 30 percent lower risk of cardiovascular problems compared to a control group. This study, initiated and paid for by a health agency of the Spanish government, adds additional solid science to the pile of evidence and anecdotes that traditional diets of the Mediterranean basin are among the most healthful.

The Spanish study, published this week by the New England Journal of Medicine, beautifully complements what has been learned through the Framingham study and many other efforts. Some 7,500 people — disease-free but at high risk for heart disease — were followed for about five years. Those in the groups who consumed a diet supplemented with either extra-virgin olive oil or nuts had fewer heart-related incidents than those in a low-fat diet group.

The basic menu: Lots of olive oil, fruits and vegetables, nuts and cereals; a little fish and chicken; not much dairy or red meat. Limit sweets. Drink wine in moderation, and with meals.

Neither this nor any other study is the last word on the relationship between diet and health. But this study does help confirm that if you’re looking for better health through dining, the Mediterranean way is a promising one.

The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester

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