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The Mediterranean Diet May Reduce Risk of Diabetes

In this randomized controlled trial study on 418 overweight 55 to 80 year-old subjects, a greater adherence to the “Mediterranean diet” was associated with a reduced risk of diabetes. Showing that fat needn’t be the enemy, participants showed the lowest incidences of diabetes when eating a Mediterranean-style diet, either taking in most of their fats from olive oil, or nuts. The group that consumed a low fat diet actually had a far higher (7%) incidence of diabetes compared to those on a low-fat diet after a 4-year follow-up. Adherence to the Mediterranean diet was associated with a 52% reduced risk of diabetes compared to controls.

More evidence that you can be healthy, happy, lean, and light by eating good fats, veggies and proteins. For our very own take on the Mediterranean Diet, why not check out four week fat loss .

Salas-Salvado J, Ros E, et al, 2011 “Reduction in the incidence of type 2 diabetes with the Mediterranean diet: results of the PREDIMED-Reus nutrition intervention randomized trial,”; Diabetes Care, 34(1): 14-9.

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