Diet To Beat Diabetes

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Eating the Mediterranean diet – heavy on fish, fruit. whole grains, olive oil and vegetables – may be enough to reduce the risk of diabetes, without the need to lose weight or exercise, according to a new study.

Two recent studies have shown long term benefits from this much-praised eating approach:

Diet for Diabetes – Study One

A European report, based on dietary and diabetes data from 22,295 people who followed it for more than 11 years, found that people who most faithfully abided by the Mediterranean diet were 12 per cent less likely to develop diabetes.

People who consumed the most carbs in their diets had a 21 per cent higher risk of developing diabetes over the study period than those who consumed the fewest carbs, researchers noted in the report published in the journal Diabetologia.

Diet for Diabetes – Study Two

The second study, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, involved more than 3,500 elderly adults who were at high risk for heart disease but did not yet have diabetes.

Those who ate a Mediterranean diet that limited red or processed meat, butter and sweets developed less diabetes than those is a control or those who ate the Mediterranean diet supplemented with nuts.

Scientists believe the vegetable and fish regime provides phytochemicals and minerals that reduce inflammation and insulin resistance, a precursor to Type 2 diabetes.

Previous studies have shown the Mediterranean diet also results in lower risks of heart attack and stroke and some have suggested the diet can even slow or prevent memory loss.

 

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