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The Mediterranean Diet Can Help Control Diabetes, Study Says

Posted Sep 11 2009 10:01pm
Experts have long touted the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet --lots of lean meats and fish, fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats such as olive oil. A new study examined how this diet stacked up against the traditional low-fat diet recommended by the American Heart Association, specifically in terms of controlling Type 2 diabetes. Time magazine profiled the study.

Over the four-year study, diabetic patients on the Mediterranean diet maintained their blood sugar levels better than those in the low-fat group.
  • 56% of those on the Mediterranean diet were able to control their blood sugar without medication.
  • The Mediterranean diet group maintained slightly more weight loss than the low-fat group, and they also improved their triglyceride and HDL levels.
As the Time article points out, diabetes medication can be a lifesaver. But when it comes to managing this condition over the long term, making positive lifestyle changes can make a real impact. If your company is struggling to cope with the high cost of diabetes treatment, why not offer an educational seminar to help your diabetic employees manage their condition more effectively?
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