Cardiologist who popularized Mediterranean diet dies

David Becker, MD, a longtime cardiologist with Philadelphia-based Chestnut Hill Hospital known for popularizing the Mediterranean diet, has died at age 66, the Chestnut Hill Local reported Sept. 14. 

Through a program dubbed "Change of Heart," Dr. Becker worked with patients to switch to the diet, which in combination with exercise, led to a 40 percent lower LDL level on average for those involved.

Dr. Becker died Aug. 20 from brain cancer, according to the news outlet.

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