Saturday, September 19, 2009

Mediterranean diet lowers diabetes risk

Spanish scientists suggest a traditional Mediterranean diet can help protect individuals against type 2 diabetes and its complications.

According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, following the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of developing diabetes by 83 percent.

Findings revealed a high intake of fiber and vegetable fat along with a low intake of trans-fatty acids not only reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease but also had a protective role against diabetes.

University of Navarra researchers claimed that using virgin oil for cooking, frying, spreading on bread and as salad dressing had an important role in the diets beneficial effects.

Olive oil has positive impacts on blood glucose control and inflammation reduction. The Mediterranean diet is rich in olive oil, grains, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and fish, but low in meat, dairy products and alcohol.