The Mediterranean diet is known for lower cardiovascular benefits. In addition to its many benefits, Medical News Today reports that eating Mediterranean-style may also protect you against type 2 diabetes.

Researchers led by Dr. Antonia Trichopoulou of the University of Athens askeda total of 22,295 participants to complete a questionnaire that assesses dietary habits. A 10-point Mediterranean diet score (MDS) measured how much each participant adhered to the healthy diet. A similar scale was used to measure the glycemic load (GL) or the carbohydrates in each participant’s diet.

In a little over 11 years, 2,330 participants were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Researchers found that those with an MDS higher than six (or those who adhered more to a Mediterranean diet) were 12 percent less likely to develop the disease compared with those who received a score or three or below. Those who had the highest GL were 21 percent more susceptible to type 2 diabetes than those with the lowest scores. In general, those who had high MDS and low GL reduced their chances of developing type 2 diabetes by 20 percent.

So give your body a treat and try out a Mediterranean or a low-carb diet. A good mix of nuts, vegetables, fish, and olive oil may go a long way when it comes to your health.

(Photo by Chelsea Nesvig via Flickr Creative Commons)

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