, Volume 51, Issue 10, pp 1933-1934
Date: 19 Aug 2008

Mediterranean diet in type 2 diabetes

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To the Editor: We read with great interest the article by Fraser et al. [1], which reported that patients randomised to receive a modified Mediterranean diet (MMD) showed greater reductions in alanine aminotransferase levels at 6 and 12 months compared with those who received the 2003 American Diabetes Association diet or the low glycaemic index diet.

Macronutrient intakes (assessed using a food frequency questionnaire) for the three different diet groups at 6 months after randomisation are shown in Table 2 of the paper [1]; however, no data are provided on the consumption of different food groups. This information is needed to appraise the practical implications of the results. Some food groups (vegetables, legumes, fruit and nuts, cereals, olive oil, wine and fish) are characteristic of the Mediterranean diet and have been frequently used in conjunction with non-characteristic elements (meat, dairy), to give a modified functional definition [2]. The provision of information on food gr ...