Mediterranean diet cuts the risk of lung disease - Independent
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"Eating a Mediterranean diet rich in fruit and vegetables halves the chances of developing lung disease, researchers have found.
Anti-oxidant vitamins in the foods help to counteract inflammatory processes that damage the lungs, a study shows.
By contrast, nitrites in processed meats, part of the typical Western diet, may contribute to progressive deterioration in lung function with age. Refined foods with a high glycaemic index (such as desserts and sweets) may also promote inflammation.
Serious lung disease is principally caused by smoking and is set to become the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2020, as a result of the rise in smoking in developing nations. It is known by the umbrella term Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which includes bronchitis, emphysema and related conditions. Not all smokers develop the disease, which has led researchers to look for the genetic and environmental factors that offer protection. One of these is diet."
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