Recent research focused on the important role that a Mediterranean diet may play in preventing type 2 diabetes.
Spanish scientists studying more than 400 adults (aged 55 to 80 years old and at high risk of cardiovascular diseases) found that those eating a Mediterranean diet were less likely to develop diabetes over four years than those following a low-fat diet.
Participants were assigned to different dietary regimens: the Mediterranean diet supplemented with 1 litre of olive oil per week; the Mediterranean diet supplemented with 30g of nuts per week and a low fat diet, which served as the control group.
After the four-year study, only 10 to 11 percent of those in the two Mediterranean groups had developed diabetes, compared to 18 percent of those in the low-fat diet group. The Mediterranean diet itself was linked to 52 percent reduction in diabetes risk compared to the low-fat diet.
You can find out more about this study, published in the journal "Diabetes Care”, by following this link