Italy: Mediterranean Diet Adherence Tied to Lower Mortality for Cancer Survivors

For cancer survivors, higher adherence to a traditional Mediterranean diet (MD) is associated with a reduction in all-cause mortality, specifically cardiovascular mortality, according to a research letter published online July 2 in JACC: CardioOncology.

Marialaura Bonaccio, Ph.D., from IRCCS Neuromed in Pozzilli, Italy, and colleagues clarified the role of a traditional MD with respect to mortality among Italian long-term cancer survivors. Data were obtained from the Moli-sani Study, a population-based cohort including 24,325 men and women aged 35 years and older. A total of 802 cancer survivors were included; dietary intake was assessed during the preceding 12 months using a semiquantitative food frequency questionnaire. An MD score (MDS) was used to measure adherence to a traditional MD.

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