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Mediterranean diet improves diabetes management

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While the Mediterranean diet had long been linked to greater weight loss, a new study finds this diet more efficient in controlling blood sugar.

According to the study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a low-carbohydrate, Mediterranean-style diet is more effective in diabetes management compared to typical low-fat, calorie-restricted diets.

Following a Mediterranean diet with at least 30% of daily calories from fat (mostly olive oil) delays the need for taking diabetes medication and improves certain heart disease risk factors.

The Mediterranean diet -- rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and low in red meat and processed foods -- also resulted in trimmer waistlines and increased the ‘good’ HDL-cholesterol levels, all of which are considered to be heart-healthy changes in the body.

Scientists concluded that reducing the need for diabetes treatment should also be added to the Mediterranean diet's long list of health benefits including greater longevity.

Source: presstv.ir

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