The Polymeal is a diet-based approach to fighting heart disease, proposed in December 2004 by Oscar Franco, a Colombian public health scientist at the University Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Franco and his colleagues suggest the “Polymeal” as a natural alternative to the “Polypill”, a multi-drug-based strategy for reducing heart disease. The researchers used the same technique in the polypill paper: a statistical “meta-analysis” which combined the results of many previous studies. The paper, appearing in the BMJ’s traditionally light-hearted Christmas issue, can be viewed as somewhat satirical, as noted in the journal. The study claims that the adherence to the polymeal diet would be delayed by eight years among women. Because cardiovascular disease is the # 1 cause of mortality in first-world nations, this delay of heart failure would increase the average life span of men by six years and women by 5.5 years. Since the Polymeal is based on the principles of combating inflammation,

* Franco OH, Bonneux L, Laet C, Peeters A, Steyerberg EW, JP Mackenbach. The Polymeal: a more natural, safer, and probably tastier (than the Polypill) strategy to reduce cardiovascular disease by more than 75%. BMJ 2004; 329: 1447-1450. Fulltext (PDF). .

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