New research shows a healthy vegetarian diet can significantly improve blood sugar levels and potentially leave patients free of type 2 diabetes.
Researchers at the George Washington University found eating a vegetable-based diet reduced levels of a key blood protein, which can lead to complications in type 2 diabetes.
New analysis from researchers in the United States and Japan were published in the journal Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy.
Improved diabetes management
The results found that a plant-based diet improved diabetes management significantly, with weight loss, lower cholesterol and improved blood pressure.
Subsequently, low-fat vegan diets were found to allow patients with type 2 diabetes to no longer take regular medicines and inject insulin.
“No drug came close to offering those with diabetes this kind of relief,” Study author Dr Neal Barnard, from the George Washington University School of Medicine in the US, said.
“One simple prescription could help reverse diabetes, improve blood sugar, and lower weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. And all this is possible, our analysis found, not with a new magic pill, but with tried-and-true simple changes to diet.”
Tracy Kelly, head of clinical care at Diabetes UK, was keen to urge caution with this approach, however.
“Longer studies have also shown that eating a vegetarian …read more
Source:: News from Diabetes.co.uk