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Stop Diabetes FAST – 2 Easy Diet Hacks That Everyone Should Try (Works Fast)!

By on April 20, 2017
Two types of diets could keep your risk of type 2 diabetes low, say researchers.

Appearing in the journal Diabetologia, the study reveals that people who ate a Mediterranean-style or a diet low in carbohydrates lowered this risk by as much as 20 percent. Eating a high carbohydrate diet increased this risk by 21 percent, however.

As for the reason why, researchers hypothesize it has to do with a decrease in glycemic load (GL), something though to decrease insulin sensitivity–and make it harder to maintain normal insulin levels.

“High GL diet leads to rapid rises in blood glucose and insulin levels,” researchers write in Diabetologia. “A high dietary GL has also been unfavourably [sic] related to glycaemic [sic] control in individuals with diabetes. A low GL diet that also adequately adheres to the principles of the traditional Mediterranean diet may reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes.”

In the study, researchers drew data from over 22,00 participants whose diets were graded using a 10-point Mediterranean diet score (MDS). This measured their adherence to the Mediterranean diet, a diet controversially associated with weight loss and improved health factors. Researchers also measured the glycemic load of their diet using a similar scale.

After identifying how many participants went on to develop type 2 diabetes–totaling 2,330 cases after a 11-year follow-up–they found that, unsurprisingly, close adherence to the Mediterranean diet reduced this risk. However, what surprised them was the impact of eating fewer carbohydrates, even when combined with this diet. Overall, it resulted in a 20 percent decreased risk of type 2 diabetes.

Eating a high carbohydrate diet, on the other hand, resulted in a higher risk of the disease. Eventually, they pin pointed the source of this change–variations in the amount of dietary glycemic load.

“The role of the Mediterranean diet in weight control is still controversial, and in most studies from Mediterranean countries the adherence to the Mediterranean diet was unrelated to overweight,” write researchers. “This suggests that the protection of the Mediterranean diet against diabetes is not through weight control, but through several dietary characteristics of the Mediterranean diet.”

So if you’re at risk of diabetes, eating healthy isn’t the only important factor here–instead, how many carbohydrates you eat is also crucial.

What This Means For You

For a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, eating a healthy diet of monounsaturated oils, vegetables, fruits, and fatty fish are important, which are commonly consumed in the Mediterranean. Lowering your intake of carbohydrates, regardless of its source, could be just as important, however, as shown in the study.

Your best bet? Lay it easy on the carbs; and, if possible, limit your carbohydrate intake to fruits and vegetables instead.

Readers: Have you tried any of these diets before?

Sources:
Study Shows Both a Mediterranean Diet and Diets Low in Available Carbohydrates Protect Against Type 2 DiabetesEurekAlert.org

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