If you are concerned with type 2 diabetes, you will be pleased to hear that the scrumptious Mediterranean-style eating pattern has been shown to provide significant protection from this modern-day epidemic.
In a powerful review that combined 19 former studies including over 162,000 people from several different countries and ethnic backgrounds, a Mediterranean diet was found to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 21 percent. For folks at high risk for heart disease, there was an even stronger benefit with a 27% lower risk of diabetes.
A Mediterranean diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, and olive oil while low in red meat, refined starches, and sugar. Worldwide, type 2 diabetes is the fastest growing epidemic with rates doubling over the past 30 years. Science supports that upwards of 90 percent of type 2 diabetes could be prevented through diet and lifestyle. In some cases, it can even be fully reversed. (American College of Cardiology Annual Meeting, March 2014, Washington DC)
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