The Mediterranean Diet STOPS Diabetes
I think that most folks with diabetes- and that numbers over 20 million – know that they are at increased risk from many diverse health complications. They include retinopathy of the eyes; nerve problems especially in the feet; gum disease; kidney problems; and early heart disease and strokes. Diabetes is a progressive disease. That means that it will advance and get worse. More medications are often needed to keep things in control. But there is interesting research that shows that diet may slow things down.
An 8-year study compared a Mediterranean diet vs. Low-fat diet - both diets provided 1,500 calories for women and 1,800 calories for men. Interesting results.
The Mediterranean Diet was TOPS. Some of these folks with diabetes went into remission and had normal glucose levels. They went much longer before needing diabetes medications than the folk on the Low- Fat diet.
The Mediterranean Diet:
was high in healthy fats with olive oil as the primary fat source
provided whole-grains and LOTS of vegetables
red meats – higher in saturated fat – were replaced with poultry and fish
How to eat Mediterranean-style and have better glucose control?
Roast chicken with sweet potato and summer squash rather than a pot roast with white bread and white potatoes.
Whole-grain pasta with turkey meatballs and a large tossed salad – skip the white Italian bread
Fruit for dessert or snacks rather than bakery items made with white flour and sugar.
Nuts for snacking rather than chips or snack crackers.
All good healthy food changes for us too!!