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Enhancing Longevity Through the Miami Mediterranean Diet

By Michael Ozner, MD, FACC, Faha with Dale Kiefer

Conclusion

The traditional Mediterranean diet has long been associated with long life span and a decreased risk of degenerative disease, and modern science now confirms the vast benefits of this style of eating. Now you too can reap the benefits of this traditional diet, using the guidelines and menu plans outlined in the Miami Mediterranean Diet.

Improving Lipid Profiles with the Mediterranean Diet

Health-enhancing polyphenols found in olive oil may be a critical component in reducing LDL oxidation, which may be one of the protective mechanisms by which the Mediterranean diet reduces coronary heart disease. A number of studies in healthy volunteers found that consuming olive oil containing an increasing amount of polyphenols provided greater protection against LDL oxidation,66,67 while also favorably boosting HDL levels.68,69

The Mediterranean diet has also been shown to work better than a low-fat diet in quickly lowering LDL levels as well as blood pressure and blood sugar.70 Further evidence of a significant protective effect comes from an ongoing study in individuals at high risk of cardiovascular disease. Preliminary results from this study indicate that those who improve their diet towards a Mediterranean pattern have significant reductions in cellular lipid levels and LDL oxidation. The study provides further evidence to recommend the diet as a useful primary prevention strategy for coronary heart disease.19

Delicious and satisfying, the Miami Mediterranean diet has helped many individuals to improve their cardiovascular health, avoid invasive procedures, lose weight, avert diabetes and metabolic syndrome, and maintain their youthful vitality. I hope you’ll join us in following this healthful diet and lifestyle. It could just save your life.

Improving Lipid Profiles with the Mediterranean Diet

If you have any questions on the scientific content of this article, please call a Life Extension Health Advisor at 1-800-226-2370.

Michael Ozner, MD, FACC, FAHA is one of America’s leading advocates for heart disease prevention and a well-known regional and national speaker in the field of preventive cardiology. Dr. Ozner is a board-certified cardiologist, a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association, medical director of the Center for Prevention and Wellness at Baptist Health South Florida, and a clinical assistant professor of medicine and cardiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. In addition, he is the medical director for the Cardiovascular Prevention Institute of South Florida and symposium director for “Cardiovascular Disease

Prevention,” an annual international meeting highlighting advances in preventive cardiology. Dr. Ozner is the past president of the American Heart Association of Miami. For more information, visit www.cardiacoz.com.

New Study Puts Miami Mediterranean Diet into Practice

At the request of the government of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Michael Ozner, as co-investigator, is overseeing a year-long, population-based study on the heart-healthy benefits of the Miami Mediterranean Diet. In an effort to prevent heart disease in women, this study will investigate an overall lifestyle program that includes the Miami Mediterranean Diet, vitamin and fish oil supplementation, exercise, and stress reduction as a model for healthy living. Ideally, the results from this study will serve as a program of preventive health for the entire Caribbean basin.

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