Diabetics should go on a Vegan Diet

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A vegan diet is really important for those people suffering from type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.  It is said that a plant based diet can boost insulin sensitivity, which is the driving factor for diabetes, one of the deadliest condition in the world.

Vegan refers to either a person who follows this way of eating or to the diet itself. That is, the word vegan can be an adjective used to describe a food item, as in, “This curry is veganor, it can be used as a noun, as in, “Vegans like cookies, too.”

Scientist says that being vegan can help beta-cell function – which store and release insulin.  The benefits of the diet consisting of fruits, vegetables and legumes, stems from tackling bulging waistlines and aiding weight loss.

The study, led by researchers at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Washington DC, adds to the health benefits of a vegan diet.

Dr Hana Kahleova, lead author of the trial conducted on patients without diabetes, said: ‘The study has important implications for diabetes prevention.

The study only adds to the growing evidence that food can really cure diseases. Most of the time, this disease have been thought of as harmless, type 2 diabetes is a hidden killer and can lead to heart failure, blindness, kidney disease and leg amputations.

It is caused by having too much glucose in the blood because the body’s way of turning it into energy is not working properly.

Sufferers need to maintain an ideal weight through weight management consisting of healthy diet, exercise and a combination of medications to manage it.

Someone’s life expectancy with type 2 diabetes is likely to be reduced as a result of the condition, by up to 10 years, it is believed.

The condition strikes around 30 million Americans, while in the UK there are 3.8 million diabetes patients in the UK – with 90 per cent having type 2.

Researchers assigned 75 participants – who were overweight and had no history of diabetes – into two groups.

Half followed a low-fat vegan diet for 16 weeks, based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. The others made no dietary changes.

Neither group changed their exercise routines, according to the study published in the journal Nutrients.

Using mathematical models, researchers calculated those on a vegan diet had an increase in insulin secretion after eating meals.

They also had a better beta-cell glucose sensitivity – another marker of the condition – compared to those in the control group.

Vegan participants also experienced a decrease in blood sugar levels while fasting and during meal tests. Such levels often spike in patients at-risk of diabetes.

The researchers concluded that vegans experienced weight loss following the diet, which gave them the benefits noted.

The new evidence only proves that cutting down on meat and eating more vegetables can help improve the condition of diabetics around the world.  A vegan diet also improves cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and slash the risk of the world’s leading killer – heart disease.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Spruce