Observational studies consistently show that people who eat any type of plant-based diet have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. And for those who already have this lifestyle-induced condition, several clinical studies have found that a 100 percent plant-based diet is more effective for its management, compared to the typical diabetic diets recommended by health authorities.

How it works

It isn’t just about going meat-free, as not all plant-based diets are created equal. Research suggests you may reap the greatest rewards by avoiding meats, dairy, and eggs (or strictly limiting these foods) and also choosing whole plant foods. The degree of benefit is proportional to the dietary changes made.

You can expect these benefits from a completely plant-based diet compared to an omnivore diabetic diet:

  • lower fasting and after-meal blood sugar levels
  • lower HbA1c levels (HbA1c reflects your average blood sugar control over three months)
  • higher insulin sensitivity, meaning your hormone insulin can work more effectively to control blood sugar
  • increased weight loss without counting calories
  • reduced need for diabetes medications
  • It isn’t so tough

While most health care professionals have not previously recommended 100-percent-plant-based diets, thinking these too extreme or difficult to stick to, studies have now demonstrated that adherence rates are actually similar or even better, compared to other diabetic diets. So you have nothing to lose and much to gain. Give plant-based diets a go starting today!

Food Matters

by Sue Radd
  
From the September 2017 Signs