The Mediterranean diet encourages people to eat less meat and dairy.

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A Mediterranean diet can lower the risk of stroke, study finds

October 18, 2018 - 3:15 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- ​I pull no punches when I tell people that I am a fan of the Mediterranean diet. This is a diet that is rich in fish, fruits, nuts and vegetables, and it encourages people to eat less meat and dairy. 

According to a new study out of Great Britain, following a Mediterranean diet significantly lowers the risk of stroke for women over the age of 40. 

And the number is dramatic.

According to the recent report, women who ate the diet reduced the risk of stroke by 22 percent.  

However, the good news doesn't end there.

The study, which appeared in Stroke, a medical journal, found that adhering to a Mediterranean style eating plan was tied to a 6 percent drop in stroke risk among men and a 17 percent reduction across the population. 

This study was not a small one as it involved over 23,000 patients who were followed for 17 years.