The Mediterranean Diet is praised by many doctors and nutritionist across the nation, and new research reveals how it may also cut the risk for diabetes as well.
A study published in the Jan. 7 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, reveals that a Mediterranean diet that includes extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) is associated with a reduction in the risk of new onset diabetes among older adults at a high risk for cardiovascular disease.
Researchers studied 3,541 patients without diabetes, aged 55–80 years, at high cardiovascular disease risk.
The participants were place on one of three diets—Mediterranean diet enriched with nuts, a control diet (low-fat dietary advice), and Mediterranean diet enriched with EVOO.
The researchers concluded that a Mediterranean diet enriched with EVOO but without energy restrictions was the most effective in reducing diabetes risk among persons with high cardiovascular risk.