Prevent Diabetes with diet

The Garden of Eden wasn't in Greece or Italy -- but I'm convinced that a healthy Mediterranean lifestyle rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains, lean meats and fish is as close to the Original Diet as you'll find.

These are the foods we've been designed to eat, and you don't need to turn to the Bible for proof of that.

No, modern science confirms that a back-to-basics diet rich in Biblical foods is just about the healthiest lifestyle around, helping to fight disease and extend lives.

And now, new research confirms that if you go Mediterranean, you could prevent diabetes -- a scourge that some 80 million Americans either already have, or are on the verge of getting.

Diabetes brings with it a higher risk of heart disease, heart attack and an early death (not to mention finger pricks, insulin shots and enough meds to stock your own pharmacy while you're still alive).

Overall, this great diet -- this practically perfect diet -- will slash your risk  and prevent diabetes by 21 percent, according to the new look at data on 162,000 people from 19 studies.

But if you're already at risk, the benefit is even bigger. For people with a higher risk of heart disease, a healthy Mediterranean diet can slash diabetes risk by 27 percent.

And I'd bet that if you stick to the diet rigidly, the benefit would be even higher.

It's not as hard as it sounds, because even a "rigid" Mediterranean diet allows for plenty of delicious foods, including many of the foods you already love.

You can even have some chocolate and a glass of wine.

It allows for so many foods, it's hard to think of it as a "diet" at all -- and along with helping you to lose weight and prevent diabetes, a Mediterranean lifestyle can slash your risk of serious heart problems by nearly a third and cut your risk of stroke almost in half.

You can read more about that in this free report from my House Calls archives.