Mediterranean Diet Improves Health in Chile

Five Mediterranean Climate Area Maps

Mediterranean Diet Improves Health is my review of a study of healthier eating in Chile[1]. Specifically, I’m using this report to introduce some principles of Mediterranean Diet. Later I will expand on those principles in detail. Also, I will expand on how Mediterranean lifestyle can improve specific illnesses.

Mediterranean Diet Improves Health Audience

I wrote Mediterranean Diet Improves Health for anyone who wants to use healthier eating to fight a disease. In particular, this study shows improvements in obesity and Metabolic Syndrome from healthier eating. However, it also links to other diseases that have been improved by adopting Mediterranean eating plans.

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Are Peanuts Acidic? What about Peanut Butter?

Peanuts and Peanut Butter

People ask are peanuts acidic for 3 reasons. So, let’s look at those reasons. Then I’ll explain why it doesn’t matter if peanuts are acidic or alkaline. Because what matters is healthy balance with peanuts and the rest of your diet.

Peanut Allergy Warning.

I must warn anyone who suspects they have a peanut allergy to stop reading now. Then consult your doctor immediately. Because all allergies are serious, and beyond the scope of this website. However, if you want advice about what to ask your doctor, you can ask in the healthy eating forum.

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Alkaline Diet Improves Blood Pressure

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Alkaline Diet Improves Blood Pressure is aimed at people with high blood pressure (hypertension). It summarizes one scientific study into the effects of alkaline diet on blood pressure.

Before I look at the results, it is important to understand the nature of the research. This is a statistical study that reveals a link between risk of high blood pressure and acid-forming diets. It does not look at individual cases. For you, it’s vital to get proper medical examination, and advice. The statistical link between increased high blood pressure and acid-forming diet might not apply to you. It is just a pointer to consider when you and your doctor assess what your options are for improving your health.

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Better Diabetic Neuropathy Diet

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Diabetic neuropathy diet is investigated in the latest issue of the Nutrition & Diabetes Journal. It suggests that plant-based diets reduce the painful suffering of diabetic neuropathy.

Nerve pain and numbness in the extremities are a common problem for diabetics. Foot pain is most common, and lack of feeling can cause diabetes sufferers to injure themselves. In fact, this type of pain is most commonly caused by diabetes. It happens as high blood sugar levels damage the vessels that supply nutrients and oxygen to the hands, feet, and other parts of the body.

The new report describes how:

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy occurs in up to 60% of individuals with type 2 diabetes and is associated with significant morbidity, including gait disturbances, amputations, anxiety, depression and reduced quality of life. The condition manifests with damage to the terminal branches of peripheral nerves and usually first affects small fibers that are responsible for translating pain, light touch and temperature. As neuropathy progresses, large fibers responsible for reflexes and muscle tone are affected, leading to balance and gait problems. Most patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy present with pain, numbness, or abnormal, spontaneous or induced sensations in the lower extremities. Pain occurs in 15–30% of cases.

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Feed Your Brain in Spain

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Researchers in Spain reveal that a Mediterranean Diet can improve brain function.

This is a study of over 400 people in Barcelona, Spain. The 55 to 80 year-old volunteers had an average age of 67. The parallel-group randomized clinical trial compares Mediterranean Diet supplemented with either nuts or olive oil, with a control group. The control group were advised to lower fat intake. Two study groups were assign a Mediterranean Diet with either 1 liter extra virgin olive oil per week (about 5 tablespoons per day) or 30 grams mixed nuts per day.

This latest research stems from earlier work that showed significant heart benefits from Mediterranean Diet. Emilio Ros, MD, PhD notes that the groups had different improvements between olive oil and nut supplementation:

The group with nuts did better, compared to the control group, in memory tests, memorizing names or words. While the olive oil group did better on tests that require speed of thought.

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Does Yogurt Help Diabetes?

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An interesting study from Harvard School of Public Health suggests yogurt may be beneficial to diabetes sufferers.

Most interesting is the indication that this benefit seems to derive from yogurt, but not other dairy products.

On Foodary, I look at ways to make standard healthy diets even healthier by tweaking them for your health problems and personal eating profile. Here is a fine opportunity for diabetes sufferers to switch some dairy products to yogurt, and try to improve their health.

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