Is there such a thing as a Diabetes Vegetarian Diet? While being, or becoming, a vegetarian cannot, by itself, be considered either a prevention or cure for diabetes a vegetarian diet does encompass many of the eating habits which are recommended in order to combat the onset or reduce the effects of this disease. The majority of adults who develop Diabetes are overweight and if they were to undertake a high fibre and low fat plant or vegetable based diet and lose weight they could reduce the effects of the disease.
There are two types of diabetes:
Type 1 Diabetes used to be known as ‘Juvenile Diabetes’ and typically requires insulin treatment; it’s an autoimmune disease whereby the body’s immune system attacks insulin producing cells in the pancreas.
Type 2 Diabetes, also known as Adult Diabetes, doesn’t effect the pancreas in the same way since it still creates insulin but, instead, the body becomes resistant to the insulin. It is Type 2 Diabetes which can be favourably affected by adopting a vegetarian eating plan.
Vegetarianism along with regular exercise can have a positive affect upon Diabetes. A diet which includes large quantities of fruits and vegetables, beans and pulses, is a diet which is high in dietary fiber and phytochemicals; and low in calorie intake and cholesterol. Apart from the obvious advantages of having such a healthy diet, the main advantage of such a diet is in its ability to help lose weight and, therefore, reduce the effect that obesity has on the cause and development of diabetes.
Another aspect of a meat eating diet which may cause and assist in the development of Diabetic complications is the higher level of protein intake. Too much protein in the body can aggravate the symptoms of the disease especially in the way it effects the blood vessels which then cause problems with the eyes and kidneys. A diet high in dietary fiber and carbohydrate yet low in protein, such as that of a vegetarian, can help to prevent many of these symptoms. Yet the typical meat eating diet which is high in protein and low in carbs will tend to aggravate them.
So, apart from the more usual health benefits of a vegetarian diet, the Diabetic can find additional advantages in adopting such a regime; an anti diabetes vegetarian diet could not only bring good health but may also prevent bad.