Mediterranean Diet and Diabetes

Mediterranean Diet and Diabetes

Mediterranean diet is a famous diet known to increase life expectancy and helps in preventing certain diseases (namely heart diseases) and various types of cancer and diabetes. Diabetes, a disease associated with food intake and activity level, raises great concerns on anyone’s health.

There are two types of diabetes, specifically type 1 and 2. Type 1 Diabetes is due to genetic reasons, which most people have at birth. Type 2 Diabetes on the other hand is more common and it is due to decreased insulin production or a decrease of cell affinity to insulin. Type 2 is developed over time and can be controlled with proper diet and exercise.

A lot of people argue about what specific diet should a diabetic follow. In diabetes mellitus, glucose is abnormally increased. In the past, experts believed that restriction of carbs alone would improve the situation, since it is the main source of sugar or glucose in the body. But today this approach is not necessarily correct. The condition actually needs control in all areas of the food pyramid and a good balance on the three main food groups, namely carbs, fat, and protein.

A lot of people promoted different kinds of diets for diabetes but one of them that really stand out is the Mediterranean diet. Med diet is a balanced diet meaning that it does not promote the intake of any food group more than others. The diet plan utilizes a good source of carbs which doesn’t give out too much glucose, mainly fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Also the good fat and protein control of Mediterranean diet is ideal for diabetic people.

The diet allows you to decrease the intake of fats through the intake of fish and olive oils. Despite the decrease in saturated fats, it also gives you omega-3. Omega 3 is a nutrient that promotes good heart health. It helps you prevent coronary disease and different vascular diseases like fat plaque.

Mediterranean diet is good in decreasing and maintaining weight. This is ideal for diabetic people since they are usually overweight or obese. This is due to the fact that fat alters the normal absorption of sugar which in turn affects metabolism. Diabetes is a demanding condition, which means you should not focus on diet alone.

A good exercise program is needed as well. You can have small brisk walks, jogs and other simple cardio exercise daily or not less than 4 times a week. Remember that when you are taking insulin injections, special precautions should be taken. You won’t have to do extreme exercises because it may cause hypoglycemia. As we always say, DO NOT try anything you read or hear without the concern of your doctor. Only a doctor who is aware of your situation can take the decision on the diet plan and exercise schedule you should follow.

Mediterranean diet is certainly a good option not only for diabetes but for maintain a good and healthy body in general. Recently the World Health Organization named the Mediterranean diet as the word’s healthiest diet.

Alex writes about mediterranean diet topics and healthy living.

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