Skip to comments.Mediterranean diet good for diabetes, study shows
Posted on 02/06/2013 11:49:11 PM PST by neverdem
Diets lean on meat and rich in healthy fats like olive oil were most effective at promoting weight loss and lowering blood sugar among people with diabetes in a review of evidence from the last 10 years.
Benefits were also seen with diets low in carbohydrates, high in protein or low in simple sugars.
"If you look at different types of diets, these four can improve various aspects of diabetes control," lead author Dr. Olubukola Ajala, a diabetes specialist at Western Sussex Hospitals in the UK, told Reuters Health.
More than 24 million Americans have type 2 diabetes. People with the disease cannot store glucose in their cells effectively, and their blood sugar levels can go dangerously high. Lifestyle changes like weight loss and cutting calorie intake can improve blood sugar control and reduce the risk of complications from the disease, but it has not been clear which diet plans work best.
Ajala and her colleagues reviewed the results of 20 studies comparing the effect of seven popular diets on adults with type 2 diabetes. Mediterranean diets, low-carb diets, high-protein diets and low glycemic index diets - which rank foods by how quickly their carbs turn into glucose - all lowered participants' blood sugar.
After following the diet for at least six months, the people on a Mediterranean eating plan also lost an average of 4 pounds. No other diet had a significant impact on weight, according to the findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
"We were quite surprised by the Mediterranean diet in particular," Ajala said. "I would have thought that low-carb would have been the best for losing weight, but Mediterranean seems to be better."
A Mediterranean-style diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables and legumes, whole grains, fish, and using olive oil and herbs in place of...
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Is it closer to 4 or to 5? (Be honest) ;)
Whole fruits are best, not just the juice. And fruit with higher fiber (pears) helps save off the quick uptake of sugar that contributes to diabetes.
Importantly, diabetics should learn about and take several supplements that can help them fend off some of the worst aspects of the disease.
1) Vitamin B-1. Diabetics typically urinate a lot, which results in depletion of albumin. This is responsible for kidney damage. It is also hard on the heart.
However, taking a B multivitamin over an extended time may actually be harmful, so stick to B-1.
2) R-Alpha Lipoic Acid (R-ALA)(not just ‘plain’ ALA), has been shown to both limit diabetic peripheral neuropathy, but also to improve circulation in the extremities. This neuropathy and reduced circulation is responsible for most diabetic foot problems.
I think European veal smokes Davidoff fags.
tequila fits in the evening :)
my faves for sipping are Casa Noble Anejo (purple bottle), Clase Azul Reposado... and i want to try Don Elias Extra Anejo...
i like Tres Generaciones Anejo for sipping and shooting...
and for shooting, i like Corralejo Reposado (blue bottle), Don Julio Anejo, Patron Silver...
Jose Cuervo has a premium tequila i have not tried... i want to... it's supposed to be good--Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia... it's over 100 bucks a bottle... i have had Patron Platinum--really smooth--but very pricey...
Weird. Not you, of course. Just the constipation. I know it’s not part of south beach, but coconut oil - a few TB (total) throughout the day seems to help a lot of people with that problem. You may want to give that a try.
It sounds like SB worked really well for you otherwise. Tweak it a bit and see what happens. Or, you could do what a lot of people have done: eat a bag of sugar free candy containing maltitol. You won’t ever complain of constipation on a low carb diet again.
That makes sense to me. When figuring what is good for the body, think of how our ancestors evolved going back over a million years. Those genes get passed on. They survived by walking many miles everyday in search of food. Agriculture is only 15,000 years or old. Before that it was a nomadic life. They ate fruits, berries, root vegetables and whatever animal they could kill for food which had to be sporadic with no guns nor bows and arrows.
LMAO...When the treadmill was in the garage (I have a 4 car tandem garage..lots of space) I hated using it because it was cold there 7 months out of 12. Now I have it in my living room and I am using it much more. I can watch TV, listen to music and the 25 minutes goes fast. Got to go now...and get on the treadmill lol.
Thanks for the links.
I don't know how you can beat that. Bravo!
Thanks to you and the other posters that passed on the kind words. It's a great feeling, but there can't be any let-up.
Bump for later.
Guess I’m the only person here who can survive breakfast at Burger King, lunch at McDonalds, sugary snacks in the afternoon and tv dinner at night. Carbs always, no veggies ever. Hate the foods people say are “good for you”. Am not overweight but really don’t want to live forever, anyway. Who would in this world?
Low-carb wins again, yeah! :’) Thanks neverdem.
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