In the Winter of 2009, I was looking for step-by-step instructions for instituting a “diabetic Mediterranean diet.” Why? I am an internal medicine physician with many type 2 diabetic patients. People with type 2 diabetes are prone to premature heart attacks, strokes, dementia, and death. The traditional Mediterranean diet is associated with lower rates of those illnesses, along with increased lifespan. So a combination “diabetic” and “Mediterranean” diet seems like a great idea.
“Diet” in this context refers to the usual food and drink of a person, not a weight-loss program. Nevertheless, most people with type 2 diabetes are carrying excess weight.
Dietitians know “diabetic diet” and “Mediterranean diet” but can’t necessarily combine the two easily. It’s a new concept within the medical literature. I need educational resources for my patients now, not five years from now.
Do you know of a website, book, or other generally available resource devoted to adaptation of the Mediterranean diet for use by people with type 2 diabetes?
Searching “mediterranean and diabetes” books at Amazon.com got me 170 hits, but nothing pertinent. Googling “Mediterranean diet and diabetes” yielded 201,000 hits. I found nothing pertinent in the first 50 hits.
Since I couldn’t find any readily available resources devoted to a diabetic Mediterranean diet, I decided to investigate on my own whether such a program could and should be devised. The potential benefits to my patients and others are enormous.
Hence, the birth of this blog.
Over the coming months, I will be reviewing the scientific literature that might support a diabetic Mediterranean diet, as well as getting input from dietitians, nutritionists, primary care physicians, endocrinologists, and people with type 2 diabetes. I’ll report my musings, theories, and conclusions here.
Let’s figure this thing out together!
Steve Parker, M.D., April, 2009
Addendum, January 4, 2011
I’ve completed my initial adaptation of the Mediterranean diet for people with diabetes, prediabetes, and metabolic syndrome. It starts with the Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet, which later morphs into to the Low-Carb Mediterranean Diet. In February, 2011, both diets will be in my next book, Conquer Diabetes and Prediabetes: The Low-Carb Mediterranean Diet. The basic program and much of the book’s text are available free at this blog. The book includes a week of meals, special recipes, 70 supportive scientific references, an index, and detailed information on exercise, diabetes drugs, and hypoglycemia.
Updated January 4, 2011