By Steven Reinberg

HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2020 (HealthDay Information) — Obese ladies who eat a Mediterranean-like food regimen could cut back their odds of growing type 2 diabetes by 30%, in contrast with ladies who do not, a brand new examine suggests.

The Mediterranean diet is wealthy in olive oil, fruits, greens, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Beforehand, it has been linked with a decreased threat of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and different situations.

“The findings of this examine make good sense,” mentioned Dr. Minisha Sood, an endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York Metropolis.

“This offers distinctive long-term information and helps the thought ‘fad diets’ should not the magic bullet. Having the core of 1’s dietary strategy based mostly on Mediterranean food regimen rules over a long time could also be very useful in decreasing one’s total threat for sort 2 diabetes,” added Sood, who was not concerned within the examine.

Researchers collected information on greater than 25,000 members within the U.S. Girls’s Well being Research, which adopted well being care employees for greater than 20 years. Throughout that point, greater than 2,300 of those ladies developed type 2 diabetes.

Those that consumed extra of a Mediterranean-style food regimen on the examine’s begin developed diabetes at charges 30% decrease than ladies who ate a much less Mediterranean food regimen, the researchers discovered. However solely ladies who had been obese or overweight confirmed this discount in threat.

“Our findings assist the concept by enhancing their food regimen, individuals can enhance their future threat of sort 2 diabetes, notably if they’re overweight or have weight problems,” mentioned examine writer Dr. Samia Mora, from Brigham and Girls’s Hospital’s Division of Preventive Drugs in Boston.

“Lots of the profit we see may be defined by way of just some pathways. And it is essential to notice that many of those modifications do not occur instantly. Whereas metabolism can change over a brief time frame, our examine signifies that there are longer-term modifications taking place which will present safety over a long time,” Mora mentioned in a hospital information launch.

The analysis crew measured a spread of markers, together with cholesterol, lipoproteins (molecules that pack and transport fat and proteins) and insulin resistance.


Markers tied to insulin resistance had been the most important contributor to decrease threat, adopted by markers of body mass index, high-density lipoprotein and inflammation.

The fiber content material of the Mediterranean food regimen is greater than the usual Western food regimen, Sood mentioned, including it is no shock that markers of insulin resistance — an indicator of diabetes — are decrease in those that observe the plant-rich strategy.

Dr. Shuchie Jaggi is an attending doctor at Northwell Well being in Nice Neck, N.Y. “The big pattern measurement [more than 25,000 subjects] and as much as 25 years follow-up of topics makes this examine extra significant for ladies over 50 years previous which might be in danger for growth of diabetes within the Western nations,” she mentioned.

Jaggi and Sood famous a number of limitations, nonetheless. Weight loss plan was self-reported solely in the beginning of the examine, and examine members weren’t various.

“The themes belonged to a sure cohort of well-educated white American ladies that self-reported diabetes, making it much less relevant to different ethnicities,” famous Jaggi, who had no function within the examine.

Nonetheless, Jaggi mentioned, “Though this examine shouldn’t be a randomized clinical trial, it offers clinicians with the data {that a} greater consumption of the Mediterranean food regimen has improved long-term cardio-metabolic outcomes.”

The report was revealed on-line Nov.19 within the journal JAMA Community Open.

Extra info

For extra on the Mediterranean food regimen, see the American Heart Association.

SOURCES: Minisha Sood, MD, endocrinologist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York Metropolis; Shuchie Jaggi, DO, attending doctor, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Northwell Well being, Nice Neck, N.Y.; Brigham and Girls’s Hospital, information launch, Nov. 19, 2020

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