Diabetes Diet: What The Greeks Know That Could Save Your Life

A diabetes diet is not as dire as you might think. According to Counsel & Heal, a Mediterranean diet might be the key to handling or lowering the risk of diabetes.

A study that analyzed more than 19 research studies has indicated that those people who eat a Mediterranean diet were able to lower their risk of contracting diabetes by a full 27 percent.

This diabetes diet can help those who have diabetes as well as those who are at risk of developing diabetes, according to lead investigator Demosthenes Panagiotakos, from Harokopio University in Athens, Greece.

“Adherence to the Mediterranean diet may prevent the development of diabetes irrespective of age, sex, race or culture. This diet has a beneficial effect, even in high risk groups, and speaks to the fact that it is never too late to start eating a healthy diet.”

So what is it about this special diet that reduces the probability of you developing diabetes? It seems that the combination of common Mediterranean foods simply is good for you.

A diet that is rich in whole grains, fish, olive oil, nuts, bean, and fresh fruits and vegetables can be very helpful. However, this does not mean that a Mediterranean diet is a fool-proof way to avoid diabetes.

You always first must factor in issues such as race, genetics, environment, and lifestyle, but it still is nice for many to know that there perhaps is a way for you to decrease your risk.

Panagiotakos also said the following regarding this possible diabetes diet:

“Diabetes is an ongoing epidemic and its relation to obesity, especially in the Westernized populations, is well known. We have to do something to prevent diabetes and changing our diet may be an effective treatment.”

So now that you know that you can potentially decrease your risk of developing diabetes my eating a Mediterranean diet, you need to determine if you think that you should adhere to it.

The list of foods included in Mediterranean meals is not a lot different from some of the items that you will see recommended for those who have already been diagnosed with diabetes.

Diabetes.org lists the following diabetes superfoods:

  • Beans
  • Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
  • Citrus Fruit
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Berries
  • Tomatoes
  • Fish
  • Whole Grains
  • Nuts
  • Fat-Free Milk and Yogurt

Do you have any experience with following a diabetes diet? What do you think about these newly reported findings? Let us know in the comments.

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