The Mediterranean Diet's Effect on Stroke Risk: How Preventative Medicine May be the Best Way to Combat Disease

Zain Qureshi1,*, Dolores Becker1, Umar Farooq1
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1Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey 17033, United States.
*Corresponding Author: Zain Amer Qureshi, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey 17033, United States. E-mail:

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Received: Feb 09, 2022; Revised: Apr 17, 2022; Accepted: Apr 27, 2022

Published Online: Apr 27, 2022


The Mediterranean Diet has been growing in popularity as preventive medicine has made way in the healthcare community. Doctors are telling patients to adopt this diet due to its role in lowering stroke rates and other cardiovascular diseases in both Italy and Greece. These two countries have some of the lowest stroke numbers in the world, and experts believe this is the result of the diet and lifestyle of the people of that region. The diet includes foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, and olive oil, along with less cholesterol, saturated fats, and trans fats. These specific foods and combinations of foods include properties that can prevent high blood pressure. We will explore the capabilities of the Mediterranean diet in preventing stroke, and the importance of preventive medicine in healthcare. 

Keywords: Stroke; Nutrition; Preventative Medicine; Mediterranean diet