Men with a low score of 20 or less on the 55-point Med-Diet Score had significantly higher left ventricular mass, left ventricular mass index, and ratio of early filling to early diastolic mitral annular velocity (E/E’ ratio) as a measure of diastolic function compared with others.
Aortic stiffness and intima-media thickness were also inversely correlated to the Mediterranean diet adherence score, they reported at the EuroEcho-Imaging meeting in Vienna.
“The formation of atheroma, the stiffening of the arteries, and the poor functioning of the heart can eventually lead to a cardiac event,” Angelis said in a statement. “Our findings suggest that adopting the Mediterranean diet can improve the cardiovascular risk profile of patients with erectile dysfunction and may reduce their chances of having a heart attack or stroke. This needs to be tested in a larger study.”
His group’s study of 75 men was a single, nonrandomized look at men’s hearts and self-reported diet and thus couldn’t determine causality or longitudinal effects.
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