15 August 2013

New data on the benefits of the "Mediterranean diet"

The genetic risk of diabetes and stroke is compensated by a fish diet

<url>Carriers of a certain point mutation of the TCF7L2 gene are more likely to suffer from type 2 diabetes.

For Europeans, this gene variant is the main genetic factor determining the risk of diabetes. Moreover, according to a number of researchers, this mutation also increases the likelihood of heart attack and stroke.

On August 13, an article was published in the medical journal Diabetes Care comparing the effect of the type of nutrition on people from this risk group (Corella et al., Mediterranean Diet Reduces the Adverse Effect of the TCF7L2-rs7903146 Polymorphism on Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Stroke Incident). More than 7,000 people participated in the study for seven years. They were divided into three groups. One group followed a low-fat diet. The other two are different versions of the so–called "Mediterranean diet" with lots of fish, olive oil and grains. In one of the two variants, olive oil was replaced with nuts.

It turned out that those who followed the "Mediterranean diet" had a lower blood sugar content than those who ate low-fat food. They also had three times less risk of stroke. The researchers emphasize that it is important to constantly follow a diet: in people who constantly violated it, the effect is not observed.

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