Mediterranean Diet May Up Diabetes Remission Rates
the MPR take:
For newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients, a low-carbohydrate Mediterranean diet (LCMD) may be a lifestyle modification that leads to a greater reduction in HbA1c levels, higher rate of diabetes remission, and a delayed need for diabetes medication. A study of 215 overweight, middle-aged adults with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes randomized patients to a LCMD or a low-fat diet. After an average 6.1 years follow-up for the low-fat group and 8.1 years for the LCMD group, LCMD patients were more likely to experience partial or complete diabetes remission during the first year and year six compared to the low-fat group (14.7% and 5.0% vs. 4.1% and 0%, respectively). Other studies have found that the Mediterranean diet could reduce diabetes risk in older adults.
OBJECTIVE: To assess the long-term effects of dietary interventions on glycemic control, need for diabetes medications, and remission of type 2 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Originally, in a two-arm trial design, overweight, middle-aged men and women with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes were randomized to a low-carbohydrate Mediterranean diet (LCMD; n= 08) or a low-fat diet (n=107).
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