Mediterranean diet linked to lower platelet, white blood cell counts

  • April 17, 2014

Adherence to the Mediterranean diet was associated with decreased platelet and leukocyte counts among a large cohort of healthy men and women, according to results of a study conducted in Italy.

“We undertook this study to understand the correlation between consuming a Mediterranean diet and specific health markers, including platelet levels and white blood cell counts, which can more specifically explain the diet’s benefits in reducing the long-term risk for cerebral and heart disease or other chronic conditions,” Marialaura Bonaccio, PhD, of the department of epidemiology and prevention at the IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Mediterraneo NEUROMED, said in a press release.

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