Diabetes type 2: Best diet to help lower blood sugars – what to include?

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Dr Sarah Brewer said: “The Mediterranean diet is associated with a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

“Researchers have tested whether or not this way of living was of benefit for people who already had diabetes but had not yet needed glucose-lowering medication.

“A total of 215 overweight people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes were advised to follow either a low-fat, calorie-restricted diet, or a relatively low-carbohydrate, Mediterranean-style diet (less than 50 percent calories from carbohydrate).

“After four years, 70 percent of those in the low-fat group had needed to start glucose-lowering medication, compared with only 44 percent of those following a Mediterranean style diet.”

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