Connection Established Between Mediterranean Diet and Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

A study suggests that reduced consumption of sweets and red meat and replacing them with fats that are plant-based rather than a low-fat diet can be more effective.

The new study has also discovered that even if there’s no weight loss, sticking to a diet that is rich in farm fresh produce like olive oil, vegetables, fruits etc. can be about 40% even more effective in steering away from the formation of Type 2 diabetes than following a low fat diet.

This research indicates that for a nation of 78 million adults who suffer from obesity, a diet that is low on sweets and red meat and is replaced by plant based fats is a more stable way of improving one’s health, even if this does not permanently solve weight loss issues.

These discoveries add weightage to the recent research that indicates that it is easier to stick to a traditional Mediterranean diet that is more likely to bring about an improvement in health than other more restrictive regimes. When compared to people on low fat diet, some trial participants whose Mediterranean diet was replaced with a regular intake of tree nuts (like walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds) had 18% lesser chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. This was considered to be a positive trend by researchers who admitted that this difference had fallen short of showcasing the inferiority of a low-fat diet clearly over such a diet.

It was recently published in the latest entry of the Annals of Internal Medicine that in a diet fracas, which lasted for over 4 years, about 3,541 older Spanish people were found to be at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. There was also within a larger clinical experiment where a subgroup exhibited the impact of the Mediterranean diet in helping reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

The New England Journal of Medicine that was documented in February showed a trial of 7447 subjects; it was discovered that individuals on a Mediterranean diet who added extra virgin olive oil or nuts had about 30% lesser chances of suffering from stroke, heart attack or other cardiovascular diseases than those who were asked to follow a low-fat diet.

A professor of epidemiology and medicine at the Harvard University, Dr. Meir J. Stampfer regarded it to be a major step in firmly establishing the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet, which was followed only in southern Europe until now.

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