If you don’t listen to the TEC podcast then you should it’s great.
Recently they covered the evidence for diets both for weight loss and hard outcomes like death.
Fascinating stuff about the effect of the mediterranean diet on this.
Now diet trials aren’t exactly easy to do and there’s been complaints that no one is really quite sure what the Mediterranean diet actually is, but it’s still pretty powerful stuff.
In one post-MI trial the Mediterranean diet had this kind of effect
- 2.6% v 6.6% death over 2 years (NNT 25)
Some of the more interesting papers:
Adherence to Mediterranean diet and health status: meta-analysis BMJ 2008; 337:a1344