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Vegetarianism and Diabetes

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

When you find out that you have diabetes it is easy to become overwhelmed by, all that you will need to do to manage this disease. Diet will be the first issue addressed by your physician because this is the area that has the biggest impact on treatment. Some people turn to strict diets that eliminate all animal products and sugar. Vegetarianism and diabetes has gotten a lot of attention over the years. Diabetes is the inability of the body to produce and or use insulin. Insulin moves the glucose in the blood stream into the cells to fuel them. For whatever reason many times, this process is interrupted. Either the pancreas does not make enough insulin or the cells are not utilizing it properly. Whichever occurs this leads to a buildup of blood sugar that can cause a host of other problems. Diet is the first line of defense for these issues.

There are many levels of a vegetarian diet, from strict vegetarian or vegan to more liberal plans that allow for meat on special occasions. No matter which plan you lean towards there is some evidence that vegetarianism and diabetes are a good fit. Whether you extremely strict or more lenient on whole a vegetarian diet are lower in calories than an average diet. Since weight, loss is a major goal of most diabetics this is a good plan. Weight loss can reduce the cells resistance to insulin, which in turn allows them to process sugar like they are supposed to. A vegetarian diet contains little or no animal products; this in turn reduces fat and cholesterol in the diet, which reduces the occurrence of other complications from diabetes. Namely cardiovascular and kidney disease, two of the most common complications.

There are many health benefits of a vegetarian diet. Lower cholesterol and calories will increase overall health and have been shown to reduce insulin resistance in patients with type II diabetes. Overall vegetarianism as a diabetes treatment plan has little if any downside. As with any medical condition, you should consult a medical professional before taking drastic actions with diet or medication. Many times a physician will recommend a dietitian to work with you in determining your particular needs. If you choose to take this path to treat, your diabetes is sure to include plenty of dark green leafy vegetables as well as brightly colored ones. Things like kale, spinach and peppers are all high in vitamins and fiber. Two things many people could stand more of in their diet.