Mediterranean Diet vs Diabetes
According to a recent article on Dr. Oz’s Real Age website, eating a Mediterranean diet high in whole grains, fruit and fish and low in dairy and red meat can reduce your chance of getting diabetes by 83%.
That’s a staggering statistic—and one that definitely deserves more investigation.
The researchers out of University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, think that Mediterranean cooking methods—revolving around olive oil—help protect against insulin resistance as well as metabolic syndrome — both precursors to diabetes.
Because Mediterranean diets tend to also have more fruit and vegetables than others, it’s believed that inflammation control and better blood vessel function result.
According to the latest studies, this diet may:
- Reduce the rate of death in people who have had a heart attack
- Reduce the rate of heart attack and stroke in people who have heart disease
- Aid in weight loss
- Lower the risk of developing cancer
- Lower HbA1c levels (a measurement of how well the body uses blood sugar)
It is important to remember, though, that other factors can affect these benefits. For example, people who follow the Mediterranean diet may have a lower risk of cancer because of other lifestyle factors or their environment.
Eating Mediterranean-style is easy. Here’s a sample day’s menu given by Dr. Oz:
For breakfast: Enjoy a Greek Omelet with spinach and feta.
For lunch: Savor the lemon and herb flavors in this chicken and couscous Mediterranean Wrap.
For dinner: Take just 25 minutes to whip up this Mediterranean Sauteed Shrimp and Fennel.
Mediterranean recipes like the ones above tend to have an abundance of omega-3 and 6 fatty acids that help you regenerate and repair your body. They help keep your sugar level stable and eliminate mood swings.
Another point to celebrate in the diet is cravings control: sugary temptations are easier to resist when you eat the Mediterranean way.
I encourage you to try to incorporate more Mediterranean-style foods and recipes into your daily diet to discover a happier, healthier and more playful you!