Olive Oil Linked to Lower Type 2 Risk
Another reason to give the Mediterranean diet a go: It could reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. Researchers assigned 3,541 older adults without diabetes who were at high risk for cardiovascular disease to one of three eating plans: a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil, a Mediterranean diet with nuts, or a low-fat diet. None of the dieters were asked to restrict calories, exercise more, or lose weight. The researchers examined the number of participants who developed type 2 diabetes over an average of four years. People who followed a Mediterranean eating plan with added extra-virgin olive oil reduced their risk for diabetes by 40 percent compared with the low-fat dieters. The difference between the nut and low-fat groups’ diabetes risk wasn’t significant.
Source: Annals of Internal Medicine, Jan. 7, 2014