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In the journals: Mediterranean eating linked to lower diabetes risk

A Mediterranean diet rich in extra-virgin olive oil cuts the chance of developing diabetes by almost a third, according to the latest data from the PREDIMED study in The Annals of Internal Medicine. PREDIMED was a large study in Spain that tested the ability of Mediterranean-style eating to prevent cardiovascular disease.

In the study, 7,500 people, ages 55 to 80, were divided up and put on one of three diets: a reduced-fat diet, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with nuts, or a Mediterranean diet supplemented with minimally processed (extra-virgin) olive oil. Roughly half of the participants did not have diabetes when the study started.

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