If you are a diabetic and you are considering to switch to a vegan diet, you should definitely talk to your doctor about it. Fast improvement of glucose levels and insulin will cause you to change medications. But what is there to know about the vegan diet itself? Let’s take a look…
A Vegan diet is basically avoiding all kinds of meat, fish, dairy products and eggs. But what does it mean for your health? With this new lifestyle, you are actually avoiding significant amounts of fat that contains bad cholesterol. Even those ‘dietetic’ dairy products contain fat, mostly saturated.
Animal protein creates additional pressure and some severe damage to the kidneys. Plants, on the other hand, don’t have this effect. Unrefined plant foods are naturally full of fiber, complex carbohydrates and they contain little fat – with the exception of oil, nuts and seeds.
Animal foods don’t provide fiber, nor healthy carbs. Some might say that vegans don’t eat enough proteins. This is not true. Foods like lentils, tofu, soy milk, quinoa, beans, amaranth, green peas, and other contain more than enough protein to keep you healthy.
The vegan diet reduces the Glycemic Index (GI), study shows
Vegetable oils contain essential fatty acids, less saturated fats, and no cholesterol. If, however, you have diabetes, you should consider a low-fat vegan diet. In fact, there was a research in 1999 made on two groups of participants. The researchers compared the effects of the low-fat vegan diet with conventional low-fat diet on the patients with a type 2 diabetes.
The study showed that vegan diet reduced the glucose levels by 28% while in the other the glucose levels were reduced by 12%. It also affected weight loss in both groups. Vegans have lost around 7 kg while other patients lost around 4 kg. A fascinating thing is that the vegans had stopped using medicines while whole other group had continued with their therapy.
Maintaining a low GI
There are two types of carbs – the carbs that are easily digested and have a high glycemic index and the carbs that are slowly digested. The second type of carbs releases the glucose into the bloodstream which causes low GI.
Patients with diabetes, more than anyone else, should be aware of that.
A Vegan diet is very rich in low GI foods like vegetables, legumes, grains, fruits, nuts, and seeds.
What other benefits can a vegan diet yield?
• Vegan diet eliminates fat from the cells, improving their work. It will reduce the triglycerides, free fatty acids, and fat.
• It reduces the refined carbohydrates and fats by eliminating the animal products that are the most responsible for all kinds of heart diseases.
• Eating vegetable proteins instead of animal proteins will help your kidneys.
• Low GI foods help to keep the blood sugar levels stable.
• A vegan diet helps with weight loss without having to starve.