The positive eﬀects of the Mediterranean Diet are well-known, but more research is needed on the eﬀects of the diet in people with type 2 diabetes. In this study, researchers looked at the diets of over 2,000 people with type 2 diabetes. Those who more closely followed the Mediterranean Diet had lower BMIs, blood lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides), blood pressure, inﬂammation, and better blood sugar control than those who did not. Researchers also found that each part of the Mediterranean Diet provided diﬀerent beneﬁts- eating more ﬁsh was associated with lower triglycerides while eating more vegetables was associated with better blood pressure. In other words, the overall Mediterranean Diet pattern is greater than the sum of its parts, and following the Mediterranean Diet may oﬀer big beneﬁts to people with type 2 diabetes.
Nutrients. 2018 Aug 10;10(8). pii: E1067. doi: 10.3390/nu10081067. (Vitale M et al.)