A vegetarian diabetic diet may help you manage your diabetes. Switching to a vegetarian diet may not be a complete cure for your condition, but it does have some known benefits.
There are different types of vegetarian diets and your benefits will vary depending on what diet you follow. A strict vegan diet is based only on plant foods. A lacto vegetarian diet allows the consumption of milk products along with the plant foods. A lacto-ovo vegetarian diet allows the consumption of milk products, eggs and plant foods.
"Consumption of a low fat, plant-based diet, coupled with regular exercise, can possibly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A plant-based diet, rich in legumes and slowly digested grains, may improve glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity and facilitate the successful management of type 2 diabetes"(1).
Making any change to your diet should first be discussed with your doctor. Diabetes and food are closely related and you should be sure a diet change is right for you before making the shift. Follow these tips for a smooth transition into a vegetarian diabetic diet:
A vegetarian diabetic diet may be the right choice for you. Discuss this option with your doctor and take steps to better your diet and your health today.
(1) Vegetarian Journal (2009). Diabetes and a vegetarian diet. Retrieved from http://www.vrg.org/journal/diabetes.htm