Dietary Choices

Patients rarely ask me what diet I recommend but they frequently tell me what diet they are trying. Weight Watchers typically rises to the top of the list along with Atkin’s, straight calorie counting, and an occasional Paleo. No one has yet told me that they are trying the Mediterranean dietWhite board but the QR code on my white board is drawing some attention, so they are asking questions. Especially if they don’t have a smartphone scanner or aren’t quite sure how to use one.

A diet high in fish, especially oily fish, with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and olive oil is what I’m encouraging patients to eat these days. There’s good data behind it(1) and it’s delicious.

What more can you ask for?

1.Effect of a Mediterranean-Style Diet on Endothelial Dysfunction and Markers of Vascular Inflammation in the Metabolic Syndrome: A Randomized Trial.Esposito, MD, Katherine; et al. JAMA. 2004;292(12):1440-1446. doi:10.1001/jama.292.12.1440.

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