Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2013

Abstract

Type 2 diabetes has been a health issue for many years, and as more people throughout the world become obese or overweight this issue becomes more serious. Type 2 diabetes is called insulin resistance which means the body does not use insulin properly. At first the pancreas will make extra insulin, but over time the pancreas is not able to keep up and cannot make enough insulin to keep blood glucose at normal levels. Type 2 diabetes is most common in adults who are obese or overweight, and this health problem can be life-threatening. There is no cure for type 2 diabetes, but eating well, exercising, and maintaining a healthy weight can help manage the condition. The Mediterranean diet was tested in these studies, and all of them had the same result; these studies had a variety of adult participants and these studies were tested in a variety of countries from the United States to Israel. The studies required the participants to make lifestyle changes by altering their diet and adding physical activities. All of these studies concluded the Mediterranean diet helped the participants and is recommended for all diabetic patients.

Comments

Senior capstone project by Amy Bois as part of the requirement for participation in the Thomas More Honors Program at Sacred Heart University. The paper was part of the course work for the Health Sciences Department (faculty advisor Dr. Clotilde Dudley-Smith).


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