In the Winter of 2009, Dr. Parker was looking for step-by-step instructions for instituting a "diabetic Mediterranean diet." Why? He is an internal medicine physician with many type 2 diabetic patients. People with type 2 diabetes are prone to premature heart attacks, strokes, dementia, and death. The traditional Mediterranean diet is associated with lower rates of those illnesses, along with increased lifespan. So a combination "diabetic" and "Mediterranean" diet seemed like a great idea. So Dr. Parker created the Diabetic Mediterranean Diet Blog.