Is the Mediterranean diet right for type 2 diabetics?
The Mediterranean diet is a plan for eating based on traditional foods consumed by people living in Mediterranean countries. This “diet” is based on fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains, beans, nuts and olive oil. Unhealthy, saturated fats, including red meat, are limited. Moderate amounts of red wine may be included, as well. Health benefits of this meal plan include a reduced risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol and a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The Mediterranean diet can certainly be part of a type 2 diabetes management plan. However, if you wish to start this plan, it’s important to remember that portion sizes and carbohydrate amounts still count, especially to help keep your blood glucose levels in a safe range. I’d suggest you make an appointment with a dietitian who can help you implement the Mediterranean diet into your lifestyle and your diabetes treatment plan. Ask your doctor for a referral!