By now, we've probably all heard about how healthy a Mediterranean diet is. With lots of olive oil, red wine, nuts, lean proteins and fresh produce, it's a pretty delicious way to eat. While many have lost weight by following the Mediterranean Diet — which is where many of the health benefits come from — new research is showing the power of following this diet even when someone doesn't lose weight.
According to a new study out of Melbourne, people following the Mediterranean Diet may have a reduction in the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. After studying 12 patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), they found that eating a Mediterranean diet for six weeks had significant improvement (39 percent) in insulin sensitivity, even without weight loss. NAFLD is associated with insulin resistance and metabolic syndromes such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. Researchers say that the condition could affect up to 30 percent of the U.S. population.
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.