The incidence of type 2 diabetes has skyrocketed in the US over the past few years. With the rise in childhood obesity, even kids can now be affected by type 2 diabetes. This is concerning on many fronts, but primarily because having type 2 diabetes can predispose people to additional illness.
The good news is that the risk for type 2 diabetes, and even risk for disease after a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, can often be managed simply through prudent dietary and lifestyle measures that include regular exercise and appropriate stress management.
From a dietary perspective, there are many good paths to maintaining a healthy blood sugar level, but one of the methods most talked about is eating a Mediterranean-styled diet.
What's in the Mediterranean diet? Plenty of foods that you enjoy, including pasta, whole grains, cold water fish, fruits, nuts, vegetables, extra virgin olive oil and tasty spices.
A recent study compared a low-carbohydrate Mediterranean-style diet (less than 50% of calories from carbohydrates) with a low fat diet (less than 30% of calories from fat) in people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and followed them for 4 years. At the study's end, those who followed the Mediterranean-type diet lost more weight, had better blood sugar control, and better results on blood tests looking at risk factors for heart disease, than the subjects who used the low fat diet.
It's only in the last few years that the notion of not only preventing disease through good diet and lifestyle choices, but even treating certain illnesses this way, has gained momentum. Enjoying a Mediterranean-styled diet is a well-researched way to take care of your self and your family, whether or not diabetes is a health issue in your family.
And besides, Mediterranean food tastes really good!
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