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How can the Mediterranean diet reduce my risk of type 2 diabetes?

You could be a whopping 83 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes with this menu choice: Mediterranean fare.

What's Mediterranean fare, you ask? Why, any dish that emphasizes fish, olive oil, legumes, whole grains, fruit, nuts or vegetables and minimizes full-fat dairy and red meat. Simple, right?

A new study not only revealed the dramatic risk-reduction benefit of Mediterranean dining but also hinted at some of the potential magic at work. Researchers suspect that the olive-oil-centric cooking methods used in Mediterranean fare are a big key, helping protect against insulin resistance as well as metabolic syndrome -- both precursors to diabetes.

Because it tends to have more fruit and vegetables than other cuisines, a Mediterranean diet is also rich in nutrients that combat inflammation and promote better blood vessel function. And, best of all, sticking to a Mediterranean eating plan is easy because the food tends to be both tasty and satisfying.

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