Mediterranean Diet Sharply Reduces Diabetes Risk



A new prospective study shows that the Mediterranean diet significant reduces the risk of diabetes.


 

 

MEDITERRANEAN DIET SHARPLY REDUCES DIABETES RISK

As I discuss in my book, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race, the so-called Mediterranean Diet has not only been associated with a significant decrease in cancer risk, but also in the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  However, most of the research studies performed in this area have relied upon relatively weak research methods, and there have been very few “gold standard” prospective randomized clinical trials that have looked at the impact of a Mediterranean diet on the incidence of serious illnesses.  Now, a new prospective randomized clinical research trial adds compelling evidence that following a Mediterranean diet significantly reduces the risk of developing diabetes.  This clinical research study appears in the current issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

In this study, 3,541 healthy patients between the ages of 55 and 80 years were randomized into three groups:  a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra- virgin olive oil, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with nuts, or a standard diet.

After an average of 4 years of follow-up, the research volunteers who had been randomized to a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil had a 40 percent lower incidence of diabetes when compared to the volunteers who were randomized to a standard diet, and this difference was statistically significant.  Similarly, the study volunteers who were randomized to a Mediterranean diet supplemented with nuts had an 18 percent lower incidence of diabetes when compared to the volunteers randomized to a standard diet, although the diabetes prevention benefit in this group did not quite reach statistical significance after 4 years of follow-up.

 

To learn more about the Mediterranean diet, and other evidence-based approaches to the prevention of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, please read my bestselling book, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race.

 

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Frying With Olive Oil Does Not Increase Cardiovascular Disease Risk

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New research from Spain shows that frying foods in olive oil and sunflower oil does not increase cardiovascular disease risk.


 

 

 

FRYING WITH OLIVE OIL DOES NOT INCREASE CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE RISK

As I mention in my recent bestselling book, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race, many of the very same lifestyle and dietary habits that increase our risk of developing cancer also increase our risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including coronary artery disease, heart attacks (myocardial infarction), peripheral vascular disease, and stroke.  Likewise, adopting an evidence-based cancer prevention lifestyle can not only cut your cancer risk in half, but can also significantly reduce your risk of developing life-threatening cardiovascular disease as well.  For example, one evidence-based strategy that has been shown to reduce both the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, and which I extensively discuss in A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race, is following a Mediterranean diet.  Among other features, a Mediterranean diet includes the sparing use of unsaturated cooking oils, including olive oil and sunflower oil, instead of the artery-clogging saturated fats favored as cooking oils in the United States and other western countries.

There are multiple prior research studies that have linked the consumption of foods fried in saturated fats (which are still used in most fried fast foods in the United States) with cardiovascular disease and premature death due to cardiovascular disease.  However, a newly published public health study from Spain, which appears in the current issue of the British Medical Journal, reveals that eating foods fried in olive oil and sunflower oil, which are unsaturated cooking oils, does not appear to increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.  This large prospective health study has followed 40,757 Spanish adult volunteers for an average of 11 years, and all of these research volunteers were free from cardiovascular disease at the beginning of this study.

When comparing study volunteers who ate the most fried foods with those who ate the least fried foods, this important research study found no difference in the incidence of death due to cardiovascular disease or, indeed, in the incidence of premature death due to any other causes including cancer.  The differences in cardiovascular disease incidence and premature death found in this Spanish study and those found in similar studies conducted in the United States appear to be due to the different types of cooking oils used to fry foods in Spain (and other Mediterranean countries) and the United States.  Namely, as I have already mentioned, we Americans still favor the use of saturated cooking fats in many of our fried foods, whereas unsaturated fats are favored in Spain and other Mediterranean countries.

The findings of this large Spanish study, which is part of the ongoing enormous prospective European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study, add weight to the similar previous studies that I discuss in A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race.  This new study adds additional evidence to previous observations that a Mediterranean diet can indeed lead to a significant reduction in both cancer risk and cardiovascular disease risk.  In our home, we exclusively use olive oil and canola oil, and in small amounts, to fry our food.  Based upon the findings of this important new study, I recommend the same for you and your family.  (Remember, though, that eating large amounts of deep-fried food, even with the use of unsaturated cooking oils, can lead to significant weight gain due to the high caloric content of fried foods!)



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