Stating the obvious

I always love it when mainstream medicine finally catches up to my way of thinking. But it never ceases to amaze me how long it actually takes.

Case in point: Researchers recently looked at the lifestyle habits of subjects participating in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study. (Once again, leave it to the Europeans to even bother considering something so simple.)

Over 250,000 of these subjects did not have diabetes, while a much smaller portion–just over 6,000–were diagnosed diabetics. The researchers set out to see how different lifestyle factors affected mortality in each group.

And wouldn’t you know? Diets rich in vegetables, fruit, lean meats, nuts, and seeds lowered mortality risk in both groups. Diabetics just happened to benefit a little bit more.

The authors’ conclusion: “Our study suggests that lifestyle advice with respect to mortality for patients with diabetes should not differ from recommendations for the general population.”

Well of course it shouldn’t. But how thoughtful of these scientists to inform the rest of the world that “diets” aren’t just for diabetics.

This research appears in the journal Diabetiologia. And it validates every piece of advice I’ve ever given throughout my entire career.

I hate to say I told you so. But when it comes to “news” like this, I really just can’t help myself.

“Lifestyle factors and mortality risk in individuals with diabetes mellitus: are the associations different from those in individuals without diabetes?” Diabetologia. 2013 Oct 17.