Mediterranean diet reduces genetic stroke risk

Eating a Mediterranean diet may lower the risk of stroke and offset other negative effects associated with a genetic variant strongly linked to type 2 diabetes, according to a study published August 13 in Diabetes Care. “It’s the first time we can see the effect of a diet on the expression of a genotype,” Keith Ayoob of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, who was not involved in the study, told MedPage Today.

Previous work had demonstrated that a polymorphism in the transcription factor 7-like 2 (TCF7L2) gene is strongly associated with type 2 diabetes, but the variant’s relationship with heart disease and stroke was not clear. The influence of diet on the expression of this genotype has also been uncertain.

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