Misleading “Mediterranean Diet” Headline at the Washington Post

Perhaps you read the December 17, 2008, Washington Post (online) article, “Mediterranean-Style Diet Best for Blood Sugar Control.”

The same headline was used by MedlinePlus: Trusted Health Information for You, a service of the U.S. government.  The two articles may be exactly the same.

A physician spokeswoman for the American Heart Association is quoted in the story saying that “…the best diet is a Mediterranean-type diet…”

I mention this only because the Canadian study to which she refers is not a test of the Mediterranean diet in people with diabetes.

[Did you know that some people with diabetes are offended if you call them “diabetics”?  To call them diabetics defines them by their disease.  They’re not diseases, they’re individual humans.]

There are certainly some studies indicating that the traditional Mediterranean diet may be a good one for people with diabetes, and that the Mediterranean diet can prevent type 2 diabetes, but this Canadian study is not one of them.

Steve Parker, M.D.

Reference:  Jenkins, David,  et al.  Effect of a Low-Glycemic Index or High-Cereal Fiber Diet on Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Trial.  Journal of the American Medical Association, 300 (2008): 2,742-2,753.

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