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A Dietary Approach to Managing Type 2 Diabetes

(Diabetes In Control) Various studies suggest the use of a Mediterranean diet in patients with diabetes…
A meta-analysis done by [Efi] Koloverou and colleagues found that there is a 23% reduction in the risk of developing diabetes, regardless of world region and patient’s health status. In the PRE-DIMED trial, patients on a Mediterranean diet had a 40% reduction in the risk of developing diabetes. Additionally, when obtaining glycemic control in patients with diabetes, it was found that a Mediterranean diet with low carbohydrate content had a higher rate of remission in patients with diabetes, when compared to low-fat content.
Recently, [Flavie] Letois and colleagues studied the effects of a Mediterranean diet on mortality in the elderly population…
The association between the 10-year mortality risk and dietary patterns showed better survival in those individuals who consumed at least 1 fruit and 1 vegetable per day … or at least 4 servings per week…, consumed fish at least 2 servings per week… It was also found that meat consumption in servings greater than 1 per day had a negative effect on survival… Finally, the use of olive oil was found to be inversely correlated with mortality risk only in women…
These findings highlight the potential benefits of a Mediterranean diet in the elderly (>65 y/o)…
More studies should be done to focus on the association between survival, diet, and healthy behaviors in patients with diabetes to get more evidence for the use of this diet.
Community: Again, if the Mediterranean diet can cause remission of diabetes, it could prevent contracting it in the first place.
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