The PREDIMED Study (Effects of the Mediterranean diet on the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases) just reached a new milestone in understanding the relationship between the Mediterranean diet and health. In an article published in the January 5th, 2014 edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine entitled "Prevention of Diabetes with Mediterranean Diets", researchers show, with sound scientific data, that this diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil helps prevent diabetes, "the epidemic of the 21st century", according to PREDIMED coordinator Dr. Ramón Estruch.
The study confirmed that the group of participants included in the group eating a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil presented a 40% decline in diabetes risk compared with the control group, which ate a low-fat diet. It's worth noting that the latter is the diet that is usually prescribed to people with cardiovascular risk which, according to Estruch, further highlights the findings in this study.
Says Estruch: "Everyone has been surprised by the power of the Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and risk factors and, in this case, diabetes."
PREDIMED researchers are currently working to identify the degree to which this specific diet prevents the appearance of certain types of cancer.