That first heart attack has got to be a shocker. You're at the bar watching the game, dipping Buffalo wings into blue cheese and - BAM!
You're on the floor grabbing your chest and yelling for your drunken buddies to call 911. If only you'd been popping olives instead of jalapeño poppers.
Because a new study shows the Mediterranean diet may lower your risk of having a cardiac event, especially that pesky first heart attack.
Ever wonder why those olive-skinned Mediterranean women - ugh, guys too - look so great? It's their diet. The Mediterranean diet, rich in olive oil, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish, has long been associated with good health.
And now, writing in the American Journal of Epidemiology, scientists say the closer you adhere to the Mediterranean diet, the lower your risk of having a heart attack; even a 40% reduced risk of a first cardiac event.
Using a special scale to rank units of compliance to the Mediterranean, data revealed with each 1-unit increase in score, heart disease risk was decreased by 6%. Scientists point out the corresponding diet change isn't that drastic.
So, use this info as a starting point. Cut out red meat one day and swap in fish, or cook with olive oil instead of canola oil; ease into it. It always seems weird to me to shock your body with an abrupt diet change.