Mediterranean Diet and Diabetes

June 30, 2008

Reducing the risk of developing a disease requires discipline. Taking measures may be difficult but in the long run preventing the disease from causing harm will be worth all the sacrifice.

We know from the most usual of all: proper diet and exercise have been advised by all to prevent an illness!!! It may be true that… it’s so easy to say…so difficult to do. BUT again if there’s no discipline …there’s no success! And success in Health means… Being Healthy!

One study that I found very important in our quest to reduce the prevalence of diabetes worldwide was recently published in the British Medical Journal, 2008 issue.

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Objective To assess the relation between adherence to a Mediterranean dietand the incidence of diabetes among initially healthy participants.

Design Prospective cohort study . Participants 13 380 Spanish university graduates without diabetes at baseline followed up for a median of 4.4 years.

Results:

Participants who adhered closely to a Mediterranean diet had a lower risk of diabetes. The incidence rate ratios adjusted for sex and age were 0.41 (95% confidence interval 0.19 to 0.87) for those with moderate adherence (score 3-6) and 0.17 (0.04 to 0.75) for those with the highest adherence (score 7-9) compared with those with low adherence (score <3).

In the fully adjusted analyses the results were similar. A two point increase in the score was associated with a 35% relative reduction in the risk of diabetes (incidence rate ratio 0.65, 0.44 to 0.95), with a significant inverse linear trend (P=0.04) in the multivariate analysis.

Conclusion Adherence to a Mediterranean diet is associated with a reduced risk of diabetes.

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This study further proves the health benefits of adhering to Meditteranean diet. It is known to have protective effect in preventing cardiovascular disease and NOW… this study proves it to be protective in preventing diabetes.

For those who dont known the components of this diet: Here’s a summary:

  1. High intake of Fiber; High Intake of vegetable fat
  2. Low intake of trans fatty acids with abundant us of olive oil!!!!
  3. High intake of fruits, nuts, vegetables, cereals and legumes
  4. Minimal meat or dairy products!
  5. Moderate consumption of alcohol

Again…the study emphasizes…

What We Take In is What We Get!

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One Response to “Mediterranean Diet and Diabetes”

  1. wilsonng Says:

    I am increasingly hearing that cheese and milk ( unless non fat) are not good….

    maybe in today’s too rich diet, dairy products are not necessary anymore…. While before, dairy is really a must!


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