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Course Overview

The incidence of heart disease in Mediterranean countries is lower than in the United States. Death rates are lower, too.1 Lifestyle factors, such as more physical activity and extended social support systems, may be responsible for this, but dietary choices are also felt to play a role. Possible mechanisms for the cardiovascular protection offered by a Mediterranean dietary pattern include the improvement of lipid profiles and reductions in blood pressure, insulin resistance, and inflammatory markers. Studying the actual dietary patterns of this highly diverse population, while controlling for genetics and lifestyle factors, is challenging and some conclusions about the benefits of the Mediterranean-style of eating drew criticism. In recent years, however, a number of rigorous, research projects have reinforced the protective and preventive effects of a Mediterranean-style dietary pattern on health.  Health professionals need to understand the components of a Mediterranean diet and the specific health benefits to determine which individuals will benefit from this type of diet.

1. Mediterranean Diet. American Heart Association Web site. https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/nutrition-basics/mediterranean-diet. Updated April 8, 2018. Accessed August 15, 2018.

About the Course Author

Jane Heetderks-Cox, MS, RD, LD, is a self-employed consultant dietitian and military veteran with more than 25 years of dietetics experience. Jane Heetderks-Cox, MS, RD, LD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

  • Commission on Dietetic Registration

    2.00HOURS

    As a Jointly Accredited organization, Relias LLC is accredited to offer dietetic continuing education by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The CDR is an associate member of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.



Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-ACU-0-RDPPMD
  • Hours:

    2.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2020-04-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2023-02-28
  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe the history of, key characteristics, and components of the Mediterranean dietary pattern.; Discuss dietary assessment tools regarding the Mediterranean diet.; Explain at least four potential benefits, including specific diseases and conditions that the Mediterranean dietary pattern may prevent, including research findings.
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Level II level Dietitians.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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