Dietary choices are a key driver of insulin resistance, especially in an aging more sedentary population.
Vegetarian diets are believed to be inversely associated with diabetes. In this article you will know why.
Now Let’s begin with a very basic question.
Why try a plant-based diet?
Promotes a healthy weight:
Vegetarian diets are often lower in calories than are nonvegetarian diets. This helps with weight management. As well as, vegetarian people tend to have lower body mass indexes (BMIs) than do non vegetarian people. A healthy body weight
can improve blood sugar control and reduce your risk of diabetes complications.
Better blood sugar control and insulin response:
Eating vegetables,fruits, whole grains, legumes and nuts — features of a vegetarian diet —can improve blood sugar control and make your body more responsive to insulin. This may mean taking less medication and lowering your risk of diabetes-related complications.
Lowering risk of cardiovascular disease.
A strict vegan diet is cholesterol-free, low in saturated fat and usually high in soluble fiber. A low-fat vegetarian diet can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. Cardiovascular disease is a common complication of people who have diabetes.
But even a vegetarian diet can have harmful effects on blood sugar if it is rich in simple carbohydrates — especially starches, such as potatoes, pasta, white rice and white bread.
The key to eating a vegetarian diet when having diabetes is ensuring you eat adequate amounts of protein and healthy fat, choose high fiber carbohydrates and exercise portion control.
If you have diabetes, it’s important to be more aware of how what you eat affects
your body and, in turn, you’ll hopefully become more health conscious.