The benefits of the diet found in the Mediterranean region are becoming more and more recognized all around the world. With cuisine full of healthy fats such as olive oil as well as lean meats, the residents of this area of the world are much more likely to live healthy, disease-free lives than their American counterparts. Additionally, diets low in carbohydrates and simple sugars and high in proteins have been shown to have significant health benefits. These trends among the common Mediterranean diet have been shown to significantly improve weight loss in individuals with type 2 diabetes, even helping to lower their blood sugar.
In a recent study out of the UK, seven popular diets (including a Mediterranean diet) were compared among participants with type 2 diabetes. Other diets that lowered blood sugar were low-carb, high protein, and low glycemic index diets but only the Mediterranean diet resulted in an average weight loss of 4 pounds throughout the course of the study.
Along with the inclusion of healthy fats, the Mediterranean diet also features fruits, whole grains, vegetables, legumes and fish and swaps salt out in favor of herbs for flavor. Less than eight percent of the daily caloric intake comes from saturated fats in red meat and dairy products.
Beyond the newfound benefits for those with type 2 diabetes, the Mediterranean diet has also been linked to the reduced risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and heart attacks. In this study those participating in this diet saw all-around health benefits, increasing “good” cholesterol levels and decreasing triglyceride levels.
While this is a very promising finding for people suffering from type 2 diabetes, it is important to remember that a balanced dietary approach and watching portion size are the highest priorities for a healthy diet. The Mediterranean diet may be easier to maintain, but it should always include lots of fruits and vegetables and not be too heavy-handed with the olive oil. But if this sounds like a diet that might work for you, talk to your doctor and investigate your dietary options for managing your type 2 diabetes.
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