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Mediterranean Diet May Reduce Risk of Diabetes in High-Risk Patients

Reuters reports on a new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine that has shown that switching to a Mediterranean diet, even without cutting calories, may reduce risk of developing diabetes. Researchers recruited 3,541 people who were at risk for heart disease and placed them either on a Mediterranean diet which used olive oil as its source of unsaturated fat, one which used nuts as its source, and a control diet, which emphasized overall reduction in fat consumption. None of the diets cut the number of calories people consumed. Researchers found that 6.9% of people on the olive oil Mediterranean diet developed diabetes as compared to 8.8% from the control group. Researchers state that the important thing to consider is that the findings were in a high cardiovascular-risk group and “it is never too late to switch to a healthy diet like the Mediterranean.”

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study in Annals of Internal Medicine.