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Try a Mediterranean Menu for Blood Sugar Control

Try a Mediterranean Menu for Blood Sugar Control

We know that hearts "heart" a Mediterranean-style diet. But here's big news: so does your blood sugar.

Yep. Mediterranean fare—rich in olive oil, vegetables, fruit, nuts, cereals, legumes and fish—may reduce your risk of developing diabetes. And not just a little.

Big-time benefit
In a 4-year Spanish study, people who strictly followed a Mediterranean-style diet lowered their odds of developing diabetes by a whopping 83 percent! And the protection was there even in people with diabetes risk factors, such as a family history of the disease, high blood pressure, older age, higher body mass index and a history of smoking. It's not clear why, but it seems that Mediterranean-type foods somehow thwart insulin resistance and inflammation. All good news for your blood sugar.

Recipe corner
Become expert at making quick dishes with Mediterranean flare. Try these ideas:

Did you know?
Research shows that eating a Mediterranean diet could cut your risk of Alzheimer's by up to 40 percent.

Medically reviewed in September 2019.

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