From February to May 2015, Igelosa participated in a prospective interventional food study investigating the clinical effect of an Okinawan-based Nordic diet on type 2 diabetes patients. The Okinawan-based Nordic diet® was developed at Igelosa and is largely based on whole grains, vegetables, fruits, fish, game and beans and lentils.
The clinical study was conducted in cooperation with Professor Bodil Ohlsson (principle investigator), professor Peter Höglund and Associate Professor Ghassan Darwiche, all from Lund University. 30 patients with type 2 diabetes were recruited at a primary health care center in southern Sweden. All meals and snacks were prepared at Igelosa and delivered home to each participant for 12 weeks.
The results demonstrated considerable improvements on anthropometry, metabolic control, and health-related quality of life, independently of exercise or other interventions. Through these dietary changes, anti-diabetes treatment could be decreased or cancelled.