Tim G said...
A recent study concluded that a Mediterranean diet could provide 1.5 to 3 years of protection against Alzheimer's Disease. I'm in.
As always, your mileage may vary.
I suspect the MD is one of the ways of eating that leads to lower blood insulin and less insulin resistance. Certainly if more vegetables and fat filling you up leads to less high glycemic load foods like bread, pasta and desserts, insulin will be reduce. IMO, anything that reduces blood insulin fights against a large # of diseases, Alzheimer's being one of them, as well as the more obvious obesity, hyperinsulemia, insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. In fact, some have been calling Alzheimer's type 3 diabetes.
I'd love to know their definition of Medi, diet. Here is one:/www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=39284
To be exact, there is not merely one Mediterranean diet. What is eaten varies significantly from one Mediterranean country to another. There also are major differences in diet between some regions within a country, as in Italy. However, the shared features of what is usually spoken of as the Mediterranean-style diet are as follows:
High consumption of fruits, vegetables, bread and other cereals, beans, nuts and seeds;
Olive oil is the key monounsaturated fat source;
Dairy products, fish and poultry are consumed in low to moderate amounts;
Little red meat is eaten;
Eggs are eaten zero to four times a week; and
Wine is drunk in moderate (or low) amounts.
High consumption of bread and cereal most types) is not going to lower insulin, but on the other hand lots of nuts and seeds will. And as lots of olive oil or fat in general tends to fill one up and if it leads to less bread/cereal, will lower insulin.
Anyway, enjoy, should be good for you.