I have mentioned this in previous posts and I think it's worth going over again. There are many reasons why the Mediterranean diet has advantages over other "diets", especially for someone with diabetes.
The important aspect of this diet for the diabetic is that it has beneficial effect of insulin resistance, lipoprotein metabolism and inflammation.
The Mediterranean diet is inspired by the eating habits of Greece, Italy, and Spain in the 1960s. This way of eating uses liberal amounts of healthy olive oil, favors fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, fish, and dairy products and limit red and processed meats as well as sweets.
The effect of this diet on diabetes has been studied by lead author Shafqat Ahmed, PhD of Harvard, studied data from 25,317 healthy women between Sept 1992 and May 1995.
Over this time period, 2,307 women developed Type 2 diabetes. They followed the women for 20 years and those who had reported the highest adherence to the diet, had a 30% lower risk of developing Diabetes. The individual markers that accounted for this decrease was 65% for BMI, 53% for high-density lipoproteins and 52.5% for inflammation. The majority of the 65% decrease for BMI were for BMIs >25 kg/m.
This diet was also shown to reduce the chances of NAFLD or Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
The summary was that since insulin resistance starts years earlier to these markers, that’s where early education needs to focus. You can read more at this post where I share my thoughts on the Mediterranean diet.
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