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Enjoying red wine with a Mediterranean diet may help diabetics

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Red wine and Diabetes

Diabetes can be a very difficult disorder to control well, with the potential costs very high without good control. Dependence on insulin and drugs for diabetes can be cut down with adherence to a healthy lifestyle and good diet. Recent research has shown the heart healthy Mediterranean diet may very well offer an optimal dietary plan for diabetics.

Research has shown that a Mediterranean diet without breakfast is the best choice for diabetics, according to an article in the journal PLoS ONE. In this research a low-fat diet , and a low-carbohydrate diet, was compared with a Mediterranean-style diet with black coffee for breakfast. The results have suggested that an accumulation of caloric intake from breakfast and lunch with instead a single large Mediterranean style lunch-meal, in noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM), might be beneficial from a metabolic perspective. The Mediterranean diet is best for type 2 diabetes, says Jenny Decker, RN reporting for EmaxHealth.

In diabetes your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high, as written by Medline Plus. We get glucose from the foods that we eat. Insulin is a hormone which helps the glucose get into your cells to give your cells energy. In type 1 diabetes insulin is not made by your body. In type 2 diabetes, which is the more common type, insulin is not made or used well by your body. The glucose therefore stays in your blood and this can cause very serious health problems, including:

1: Damage to your eyes

2: Damage to your kidneys

3: Damage to your nerves

4: Heart disease

5: Stroke

Exercise, weight control and adhering to a good meal plan, along with monitoring your glucose levels, are all vital components of controlling diabetes.

In a study from Linköping Universitet in Sweden, it has been determined for patients suffering with diabetes, it is more helpful to eat a single large meal instead of several smaller meals during the day. Researchers from as Linköping Universitet have reported on this research via AlphaGalileo. A review of this study as offering an unusual diet suggestion for type 2 diabetes has been reported on by EmaxHealth reporter Deborah Mitchell.

The effect on blood glucose, blood lipids and different hormones via the use of three different macronutrient composition meals in patients suffering from type 2 diabetes, was studied for their effect on blood glucose. The three types of diets compared were a low-fat diet, a low-carbohydrate diet and a Mediterranean diet.

In the low fat diet there was a nutrient composition which has traditionally been recommended in the Nordic countries. This diet consisted of approximately 55 percent of the total energy from carbohydrates. In the low-carbohydrate diet there was a relatively low content of carbohydrate, with about 20 percent of the energy from carbohydrates and about 50 percent of the total energy from fat. With the the Mediterranean diet there was only a cup of black coffee for breakfast, with all of the caloric content corresponding to breakfast and lunch accumulated to make up one
large lunch.

Also, the total caloric content with the Mediterranean diet included energy from French red wine with the lunch. The sources of fat in the Mediterranean diet were primarily olives and fatty fish. The energy content from carbohydrates was intermediate between the low-fat and the low-carbohydrate meals. Doctor Hans Guldbrand, a principal investigator of the study, said, “We found that the low-carbohydrate diet increased blood glucose levels much less than the low-fat diet but that levels of triglycerides tended to be high compared to the low-fat diet.”

Professor Nyström, also a principal investigator of the study, said, “It is very interesting that the Mediterranean diet, without breakfast and with a massive lunch with wine, did not induce higher blood glucose levels than the low-fat diet lunch, despite such a large single meal.” Nyström went on to say that this research suggests it is favorable to have a large meal in place of of several smaller meals when you have diabetes. He went on to explain that it is surprising how often one today refers to the usefulness of the Mediterranean diet, but fails to remember that it also is traditionally meant to be in the absence of a breakfast.

The Mediterranean diet is recognized as one of the healthiest diets in the world. People along the Mediterranean coast enjoy this delicious diet, along with relaxed dining and regular physical activity. For these people their eating habits are not considered part of a diet plan, but are instead seen as a healthy way of life which is generally associated with long, healthy lives with decreased chances of chronic disease.

The Mediterranean diet is rich in plant foods and healthy fats, and a growing body of research has continued to prove that eating this type of diet is good for you. Studies have shown that following a Mediterranean diet protects against the development of the following diseases, while also leading to a longer lifespan:

1: Heart disease

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2: Metabolic syndrome

3: Many types of cancer

4: Obesity

5: Type 2 diabetes

6: Dementia

Dr Dariush Mozaffarian, from the Harvard School of Public Health, says there are many health benefits from the Mediterranean diet, with the most profound benefits being the protection of
cardiovascular disease and diabetes. However, it is again stressed that the health benefits are not from the diet alone. The healthy lifestyle of the people who live along the Mediterranean is also of paramount importance.

There are variations to the Mediterranean diet, with similarities including:

1: Vegetables

2: Fruits

3: Whole grains

4: Nuts

5: Olives and olive oil

6: Yogurt

7: Fish

8: Poultry

9: Wine

Dr Oz approved health foods to help prevent high cholesterol, heart disease, belly fat and diabetes have been written about by EmaxHealth reporter Tim Boyer, PhD.

I have observed diabetics struggling to gain control of their condition. This disorder can be very frightening and costly and therefore advice that a Mediterranean diet along with a healthy lifestyle can help control diabetes while leading to a longer life, with a higher quality of life, is something people with diabetes, and people close to them, should really appreciate. There is nothing more gratifying than observing a treatment plan offer someone a better and longer life, instead of just prolonging the agony of a disease. This research is therefore very significant and should be shared with sufferers of diabetes and their family members. And remember, you can enjoy some red wine with this diet.