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In the way that you eat, that is. Focus your foods around whole grains, fruits and veggies, legumes, and nuts; have fatty fish like salmon at least twice a week; and limit read meat to once a week. "A Mediterranean-style diet lowers the risk of both heart disease and diabetes, probably because it's so high in polyphenols and 'good' monounsaturated fats," says Michael Roizen, M.D., chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic. A Harvard study published in February found that people who followed a Mediterranean diet had a 43 percent lower risk of weight gain and a 35 percent lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome (a condition that ups the risk of both type 2 diabetes and heart disease). DO IT NOW: Summer is ripe for tomatoes, so boost your veggie intake by starting dinner with a fresh tomato salad. You'll get a good dose of the disease-fighting antioxidant lycopene.