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Mediterranean diet for type 2 diabetes remission

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We're going to explore whether a Mediterranean diet can help you put your type 2 diabetes into remission.

What is a Mediterranean diet?

A Mediterranean diet is often talked about as one of the healthiest diets you can follow.

This is because it involves eating fresh foods that are high in nutrients, vitamins and minerals, that are important for your health. And eating less foods that are high in unhealthy saturated fat – like pastries and fatty meats.

Find out more about a Mediterranean diet and it's benefits. 

Does a Mediterranean diet work for going into type 2 diabetes remission?

Evidence suggests following a Mediterranean diet can help weight loss, and lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Some people who have followed a Mediterranean diet have lost weight and gone into type 2 diabetes remission.

Because a Mediterranean diet involves eating lots of fresh food, rather than processed food high in unhealthy saturated fat, it means you’re often eating less calories. And eating less calories is how you lose weight through changing your diet.

Is a Mediterranean diet right for me? 

There are lots of different ways to lose weight to try going into type 2 diabetes remission. But there’s no one-size-fits-all diet.

Everyone’s different and what works for some may not for others. Evidence shows that the best approach is the one that you’re likely to stick to. So, finding a plan that you enjoy and fits in with the rest of your life can make all the difference.

A Mediterranean diet focuses on what you can eat rather than what you can’t. And because it involves eating lots of different types of foods, many people find it easier to stick to in the longer-term.

Where can I go for more information?

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