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Mediterranean Diet & Diabetes Risk

Posted: 06.10.2014

The incidence of type 2 diabetes has doubled worldwide in the last 30 years.  Recent research continues to show that diet plays a vital role in the prevention of diabetes.  A new study found that adults at risk for heart disease may reduce their risk of developing diabetes by 40% by eating a Mediterranean diet rich in extra-virgin olive oil.  The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of the olive oil may explain the benefit.  A Mediterranean diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and fish along with the olive oil as the primary fat source.  The study only established a link, not cause-and-effect.

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