More news arrived in my in-box out about the potential health benefits of a Mediterranean diet, this time focusing on diabetes. A study suggests the diet – rich in nuts, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and olive oil – could be just the ticket for diabetics to lead a healthier life and reduce their need for drugs. I know at least two people who are diabetics. You may well know some, too.
Italian researchers tracked newly diagnosed diabetics who were overweight. The researchers found those who followed the Mediterranean diet better managed their disease versus those on a low-fat regimen.
Previous research has shown a Mediterranean diet could cut your risk of diabetes. Researchers, however, had yet to look at the impact on those suffering from the disease.
The new study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, looked at people suffering from type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes. I learned the disease can trigger problems with your heart, eyes, kidneys and other parts of the body.
Researchers tracked 215 diabetics who weren’t yet taking drugs. These people were randomly assigned a low-fat diet or a low-carbohydrate Mediterranean diet.
Those who followed the Mediterranean diet lost more weight and went longer without blood-sugar-lowering drugs.
In particular, those on the Mediterranean diet who required diabetes medicine after four years totaled 44 percent – well below the 70 percent needing drugs among low-fat eaters.
Other recent studies about the Mediterranean diet suggest:
- Some food groups in the diet – including olive oil – could be more important than others in helping you live a healthier and longer life.
- You could cut your risk of depression “significantly” by following a Mediterranean-style diet.
Claude S. Weiller
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
California Olive Ranch