Researchers analyzed data from more than 104,000 teachers in California, averaging 52 years of age, who are taking part in a long-term study. Researchers studied the relationship between dietary patterns and heart disease, mental decline and death.

Stroke is a major concern in America. “With stroke being one of the biggest disease burdens in the U.S. and throughout the world, and treatments not being as extensive as we would like them to be, diet is a risk factor that people can control,” explains Sherzai.

Mediterranean diet include food items like fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, whole-grain breads, olives, olive oil and cereals, which are healthy monounsaturated fat.

The Mediterranean-style diet also counts on eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as sardines, trout, tuna and salmon, and also having wine and poultry with meals in moderate amount.

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