Mark Hyman, M.D., blogged about diabesity at the Huffington Post December 24, 2009. He defines diabesity as a problem with glucose regulation associated with overweight and obesity. The glucose physiology problem ranges from metabolic syndrome to prediabetes to full-blown type 2 diabetes.
“Diabesity” has been in circulation for a few years, but hasn’t caught on yet.
What interested me about his blog post was that he advocates the Mediterranean diet as both therapeutic and prophylactic. To quote Dr. Hyman:
The optimal diet to prevent and treat diabesity includes:
- Whole grains
- Healthy fats such as olive oil, nuts, avocados, and omega-3 fats
- Modest amounts of lean animal protein including small wild fish such as salmon or sardines
This is commonly known as a Mediterranean diet. It is a diet of whole, real, fresh food. It is a diet of food you have to prepare and cook from the raw materials of nature. And it has broad-ranging benefits for your health.
Food for thought, no doubt.
Reference: Hyman, Mark. The diabesity epidemic part III: Treating the real causes instead of the symptoms. The Huffington Post, December 24, 2009