SEPT 1, 2019
SOURCE: American Diabetes Association
A new study out of Spain has found that diabetics following a Mediterranean dietsupplemented with extra virgin olive oil reduced the need to begin taking new-onset glucose-lowering medications, compared with a control group.
In a major clinical study, the University of the Basque Country and Spain’s Biomedical Research Center Consortium (Ciber) followed 3,230 diabetics for slightly more than three years.
The diabetics were split into three groups. Participants in the first group followed a Mediterranean diet in which the main source of fat was extra virgin olive oil. Participants in the second group followed a Mediterranean diet in which the main fat source came from nuts. The control group followed a low-fat diet.
At the end of the 3.2-year trial, participants in the first group reduced the need to begin using diabetes medications by 22 percent, compared with the control group