Is the Mediterranean diet right for type 2 diabetics?

Amy Campbell


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!

June 6, 2013 at 10:39 am

7 replies

sexybwith7kids@yayoo.com 2013-07-22 22:35:37 -0500 Report

i would like to be on the mediterranean diet i cut of rice and bread most of carbohydrate my sugar is doing good this morning it was 89 and this evening was 82 and i am eating proprely i drink flex seed milk tell me if i am doing good and i eat a lot of vegetable thank god bless

Coach Cheryl
Coach Cheryl 2013-07-09 15:38:02 -0500 Report

It does take some getting used to, you have to play around with it until you find the right sweetness and less bitterness that works for you. But it's well worth it. The plant Stevia is known to help regulate glucose levels as well as blood pressure.

Coach Cheryl
Coach Cheryl 2013-07-09 15:37:59 -0500 Report

farang try substituting with sweet leaf stevia instead of the artificial sweeteners. You want can find it at swansonvitamins,com for a good price.

Coach Cheryl
Coach Cheryl 2013-07-09 15:33:08 -0500 Report

The Mediterranean diet has done wonders for my Diabetes as well as weight and overall health. You can ease into it but it actually leaves you feeling more satisfied and helps regulate not only glucose levels but other bodily functions by concentrating on the way we used to eat before disease. I have done a lot of research with different ways of eating, supplements etc. to help my client's lead a healthier lifestyle that promotes total wellbeing and balance and making the switch to this way of eating is the first thing we discuss along with eating 6 times a day! :)

farang 2013-06-30 22:36:38 -0500 Report

i fail to understand why many of the recipes on this site contain artificial sweeteners which have been proven to increase blood sugar levels and also have some worrying side effects. if this site is promoting healthy options for diabetic sufferers this is surely a backward step and /or muddle headed thinking.