Interesting, thanks for the information! about the mediterranean diet, I know it's much healthier than the standard north american diet but I'm not sure how different their rates of IBD are to ours. My husband's family is in Rome and when my daughter was diagnosed, we were about to identify about six or seven people with IBD just off the bat from friends of the family alone. My daughter's GI did her medical training in Rome and she says that even then (in the 1970s), there was an emphasis on GI issues because there were many people dealing with them (as opposed to heart disease, kidney issues etc). I'd be curious to know about the rate of IBD there vs. in North America.
I don't have the answer to the regional differences in IBD rates, although I'm sure there is data addressing that question. I should make clear that the kind of diet I was referring to is one that places emphasis on omega-3 rich fatty fish (tuna, salmon, sardines), lots of fruits, nuts (especially walnuts), vegetables (leafy greens in particular), monosaturated oils (olive, canola) and lean meats. One such strategy is outlined in the book The Omega Diet
by Simopoulos and Robinson and is based upon the cuisine found in Crete.
A question I would have is to what degree do modern Italians/Greeks adhere to the kind of diet listed above? Perhaps it has become less healthy over the years too. I don't know. I've been to both countries but as a tourist, so I did not get a good feel for the regular fare of your average Italian or Greek (they were quite distinct, however).
I will have to conduct some more "research" when my wife and I travel to Sicily this summer.
Diagnosed with UC in 1990.Current Meds
: Sulfasalazine & Folic Acid.Supplements
: fish oil, flax oil, glucosamine, CoQ10, fiber, aloe vera juice, probiotics.Other
: unpasteurized milk every day.