According to a recent study by Harvard University that complied diets and medical histories of 200,000 health professionals in the U.S. over a period of 20 years, the Mediterranean diet has been proven by scientists to significantly protect us against type 2 diabetes.
The study found that individuals with diets that led them to consume higher amounts of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and beans, with less consumption of meat were 34 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
According to dailymail.co.uk, nutritionist Dr. Ambika Satija of Harvard University said that the “study highlights even moderate dietary changes in the direction of a healthful plant-based diet can play a significant role in the prevention of type 2 diabetes. These findings provide further evidence to support current dietary recommendations for chronic disease prevention.”
The study concluded that healthy diets such as the Mediterranean diet helps combat diabetes because of individuals consuming high levels of fiber, antioxidants, unsaturated fatty acids and micronutrients such as magnesium.
One additional central factor is to be sure to consume whole grains instead of processed or refined grains and fresh fruit and vegetables.
The Mediterranean diet also helps prevent heart disease, cardiovascular problems and stroke.
Also, the good fats found in olive oil, an essential part of the Mediterranean diet, has been proven to help individuals lose weight and stay healthy.