Want to cut your risk of diabetes by more than half? Skip the weight loss and eat more fat!
Yes, as strange as it might sound, MORE fat could be the key to avoiding diabetes. The catch…if you want to call it that…is it’s got to be the right kind of fat. Specifically, you need more of the kind you find plenty of in the Mediterranean diet, which is the monounsaturated variety.
A new study published in the October 2010 online version of the journal Diabetes Care found that a typical Mediterranean diet, fed to nondiabetics who had a high cardiovascular risk, dramatically slashed the incidence of new cases of over four years as compared with a low-fat diet.
Previous studies hinted that perhaps weight loss is the best…and maybe even the only…path to the prevention of Type II diabetes. But this new study, out of Spain, is showing there’s more than one way to skin a diabetic cat.
A group of 418 volunteers was divided randomly into a low-fat-diet control group and a traditional Mediterranean-diet group that had either a virgin olive oil component (up to 1 liter a week) or a mixed nuts (30 g. per day) component.
When the researchers pooled together the data from the two groups of higher-fat Mediterranean dieters and compared it to the data obtained from the low-fat diet control group, they found that the incidence of diabetes was reduced by 52% for the Mediterranean dieters!
And are you ready for some more great news? Making the switch to a Mediterranean style of eating is probably much easier than you imagine.
Just by making simple changes like liberally using olive oil in cooking and homemade sauces, skipping processed meats and choosing white meats over red, and when drinking alcohol picking red wine you will be well on your way to heading diabetes off at the pass.
Talk about getting a huge return on the effort/reward scale!
Personally, I’m just thrilled that this time dieting means eating MORE fat.
An enthusiastic believer in the power of natural healing, Alice has spent virtually her entire 17-year career in the natural-health publishing field helping to spread the word.
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