Control diabetes with a mediterranean diet


Friday 15th January, 2010

Results from a US study into diabetes has found that a Mediterranean diet is more effective in controlling the condition long-term than diabetic drugs.

A Med diet has long been considered more effective for controlling blood sugar levels than medicines but this is the first study to confirm it, according to lead researcher and endocrinologist Loren Greene.

Researchers from the New York University Medical Centre studied 215 adults from Naples, Italy who were overweight. Participants were required to choose one of two diets – one which involved eating fresh vegetables, fruits, healthy olive oils and 50 per cent of daily calories from carbohydrates (the Mediterranean diet) and one that consisted of low-fat diets (30 per cent of calories from fat, 10 per cent from saturated fat and plenty of fresh veg, fruit and whole grains).

Both groups were limited to a calorie intake of 1,800 for men and 1,500 for women and encouraged to take regular exercise along with nutrition counselling.

After four years, 56 per cent of the group eating the Mediterranean diet were able to control their diabetes without the use of drugs whereas only 30 per cent on the low-fat diet were able to.

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