Fighting Type 2 Diabetes, One Veggie at a TimeMonday, June 04, 2012
A vegan diet may be the best diet for people with type 2 diabetes, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) endorses a vegetarian diet as a good option for people with diabetes, as well as a vegan diet as long as it is supplemented with vitamins. However, the Physicians Committee studied two groups of people with diabetes. One followed the ADA diet and the other followed a low-fat vegan diet, and found that the vegan group had more success at reversing their symptoms and eliminating medications needed to manage their diabetes. Because a plant-based diet provides nutrients, fiber, and helps maintain low blood sugar levels, people are fuller longer, and lose weight without feeling hungry. Ideally, the vegan diet includes deep green, red, orange, purple, and yellow produce, as well as beans and grains. Vegans do not eat any animal products, including dairy or eggs. Although some doctors are concerned that the diet is low in protein, others point out that many vegetables, such as broccoli, are high in calcium and protein. The Mayo Clinic endorses a vegetarian diet for weight loss and blood sugar control, but recommends working with a nutritionist to develop a sound eating plan for those contemplating becoming vegan.