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As a professional health coach concerned with the health and well-being of my clients it is my intention to improve your well-being and longevity by using the principles of nutrition, fitness, diet, lifestyle dynamics, and anti-aging medicine.
Type-2 diabetes and obesity are the diseases that we really need to do something about if we and our children are going to life full, productive lives free of chronic disease. This is a global issue…not just affecting the quality of peoples lives but directly influencing their longevity in a very negative sense.
Recently, there has been great of emphasis placed upon the diet and diabetes management. There literally has been an explosion in the incidence of type-2 diabetes globally so every effort is being explored to try and manage this chronic and disorder that is responsible for a huge increase in medical costs, morbidity and premature death.
Recently, research published in the journal Diabetologica, looked at 22, 295 subjects living in Greece and followed them for an average of 11 years. After the study period, there were 2330 cases of type-2 diabetes established. The researchers analyzed the diets of the participants by asking them to complete a questionnaire which measured the diet based upon a 10 point Mediterranean score. The total carbohydrate and glycemic load of the diet was also scored.
The results of the study indicated that for those participants who had a Mediterranean-diet score of greater than 6, he chances of them developing diabetes was reduced compared with those participants who had a score of 3 or less. In addition, the participants who had the highest glycemic loads in their diet were more likely to develop diabetes compared to the subjects who had eaten a diet which contained lower levels of high glycemic carbohydrates. Overall, the subjects who had consumed a diet higher on the Mediterranean score and who had a lower glycemic load had a 20% reduced risk of developing diabetes compared to participants who had ,lower Mediterranean scores and higher glycemic loads in their diet’s.
The interesting aspect of this study was that the results were realized after the effects of body weight had been controlled for. In other words, the results of this study linking the consumption of a Mediterranean-style diet combined with low glycemic-load carbohydrates could not be attributed to the any possible affects weight loss may have produced. This type of diet was effective at lower the risk of developing type-2 diabetes because the consumption of oily fish, lean protein, vegetables, fruit, extra-virgin olive oil, nuts, seeds and yogurt improves insulin sensitivity, lowers blood glucose, decreases inflammation, cholesterol, blood clotting and blood pressure. These conditions are related to the metabolic syndrome which occurs before a diagnosis of type-2 diabetes is made. The intake of low-glycemic load carbohydrates like whole grains and legumes keeps blood sugar regulated, insulin levels low and prevents the rise in insulin resistance, body fat gain and blood pressure which are earliest signs of impending metabolic dysfunction and diabetes.
In my opinion, this type of dietary strategy is not only effective in the prevention of type-2 diabetes but in the management of this disorder where severe medical complications such as heart attack, stroke and kidney failure can be controlled by a change in lifestyle dynamics. In my view, if you eat small, complete meals every 3-4 hours consisting of a low-glycemic carbohydrate like vegetables or a whole grain, lean protein like salmon, yogurt, poultry or turkey, whole fruit and healthy fats like olive oil or nuts combined with a regular exercise program, your chances of developing diabetes or diabetic complications can be greatly reduced.
If you want to live longer and better…I suggest following this strategy also incorporating regular physical activity every day to reduce your risk of this condition which is a global epidemic!
Together you and I will work as a team to accomplish all of your health needs and to ensure that you practice prevention and live your life through the lens of quality.
Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project