Views & Reviews Outside the Box

Anyone for Club Med?

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a677 (Published 04 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a677
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care, University College London
  1. p.greenhalgh{at}pcps.ucl.ac.uk

    A group of Spanish epidemiologists recently published a paper in the BMJ offering evidence that we can reduce our relative risk of developing diabetes by 83% by following a strict Mediterranean diet (BMJ 2008;336:1348-51, doi: 10.1136/bmj.39561.501007.BE). In view of my family history of the condition I made a unilateral (and, in retrospect, foolish) decision to amend the whole family’s diet.

    The paper describes a Mediterranean diet as one “rich in olive oil, plant based foods (fruits, vegetables, and legumes), and fibre but low in meats.” My …

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