Doctors recommend that patients eat a low-fat diet to avoid a variety of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Studies have shown that eating high-fat diets can increase your risk of developing certain diseases such as cancer. However, it is the type and amount of fat that matter more.
Research studies have shown that eating a high-quality diet rich in monounsaturated oils, such as olive oil, and nuts can help to prevent many serious diseases.
A Spanish study found that type II diabetes risk can be almost half-way reduced if a Mediterranean diet high in olive oil and a low-fat diet is followed.
Part PREDIMED is a long-term nutrition intervention analysis which aims to assess the effectiveness of the Mediterranean diet in preventing cardiovascular disease.
It consists of a multidisciplinary team of 16 collections distributed across seven autonomous Spanish communities.
The research involved 4-18 people (none of them had diabetes). Each participant was randomly assigned to one of these:
A Very Low fat diet
Mediterranean Diet Plan With Olive Oil (approximately 1 Liter per week)
Or maybe a Mediterranean Diet Plan Nuts (30 grams per day).
After four years, 17.9% of people who followed the zero fat diet developed diabetes. Only 10% of people who used the Mediterranean olive oil developed diabetes.
After the two MedDiet (olive/nut) bands were combined, the prevalence of diabetes fell by 52 percent. This was in comparison to all other zero-fat groups. Although the Mediterranean diet was not restricted in calories, it is possible that they were still very healthy.
A Mediterranean diet high in olive oil can help prevent type II diabetes.
Bettering blood sugar amounts