According to latest studies Mediterranean Diet not only combats Diabetes but it also beneficial for those persons who are at the risk of heart disease. Eating healthy helps to lower bad cholesterol in high risk patients and Mediterranean diet is considered as very healthy.
If you want to reduce your risk of Diabetes, especially if you are suffering from cardiovascular ailments, try sticking to a Mediterranean diet. This is the conclusion which has been made by experts who have reviewed 19 studies involving 162,000 subjects in different countries for duration of 5.5 years.
Mediterranean diet is rich in fish, nuts, vegetables, and fruits and has been associated with a 21% lowering of risks of diabetes as compared with other diets. A Mediterranean Diet can reduce the risk of diabetes by 27% in persons who are at a higher risk of heart disease. The results of the study were presented at the American College of Cardiology annual meeting, in Washington, D.C.
Lead investigator Demosthenes Panagiotakos, a professor at Harokopio University in Athens, Greece, said in a college news release, “Adherence to the Mediterranean diet may prevent the development of diabetes irrespective of age, sex, race or culture. This diet has a beneficial effect, even in high-risk groups, and speaks to the fact that it is never too late to start eating a healthy diet.”
Demosthenes said that Europeans and Non Europeans were included in the study. The broad based study is important because most of the earlier studies were limited to the effects of the Mediterranean Diet on European subjects. There were doubts about the results since it was argued that region-specific factors such as genetics, environment, and lifestyle might affect the results. The results showed that Mediterranean Diet reduced Diabetes risk in both Europeans and Non Europeans.
There has been a sharp spike in the Diabetes cases in the world and this has been blamed on the growing obesity epidemic.