Anti-inflammatory diets for obesity and diabetes

J Am Coll Nutr. 2009 Aug;28 Suppl:482S-491S. doi: 10.1080/07315724.2009.10718115.


Obesity and type 2 diabetes are strongly associated with increased inflammation. As the inflammation in adipose tissue increases, this becomes a strong driving force for the development of increased systemic inflammation that results in metabolic syndrome, eventually followed by the development of overt type 2 diabetes. The potential reversal of both conditions can be achieved by reducing the levels of inflammation through the use of an anti-inflammatory diet. The composition of such a diet and its molecular mode of action will be discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue / physiopathology*
  • Animals
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / diet therapy*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / etiology
  • Diet / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / complications
  • Inflammation / diet therapy*
  • Metabolic Syndrome / etiology
  • Obesity / complications
  • Obesity / diet therapy*