Plant-Based Diet and Diabetes: What you should you know.

Written by Sheri Goodman Graham

On October 31, 2018

I grew up watching my aunt suffer and finally die from type 2 diabetes complications. She had horrible eating habits and was overweight her whole life.

Do you have type 2 diabetes? Maybe you have a family member who does? This is a serious disease, a long slow death. Diabetes does not get better unless you change your diet.

I remember my loving aunt eating a high fat meal including dessert then giving herself an insulin shot to balance her blood sugars like a drug addict.

Both diabetes and obesity diseases are predominantly acquired, preventable conditions due to lifestyle.

Pharmaceuticals, particularly for diabetes, are released annually, but the medical and economic effects of these chronic diseases persist with little improvement because these pharmaceuticals don’t treat the underlying cause — diet.

Patients are confused and wonder what to do when their physician or dietitian tells them to eat “healthy.”

Physicians have not been, and still aren’t, taught any nutrition in medical school or residency.

The result is one of three common, reactionary responses from the medical community.

They prescribe medications with side effects that then require additional medications.

They perform bariatric surgery, the most drastic option in all but the most extreme cases, which nevertheless does nothing to treat the underlying cause.

Or, they tell patients to “manage” their conditions for their entire lives, meaning suffering through complications, drug side effects, depression, etc., again without treating the underlying cause of poor dietary choices.

Physicians tell patients to eat eggs or meat like “lean” or “farm-raised” beef or pork, which just fuels further insulin resistance (caused by high cholesterol or fats in the blood, not sugar) weight gain, and chronic inflammation.

Multiple benefits of a plant-based diet include: improving insulin resistance, promotion of a healthy body weight, increases in fiber, phytonutrients, disease prevention food interactions, and heme iron.

Plant-based diets―i.e., eating patterns that emphasize vegetables, legumes, whole grains, starchy vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds plus discourage most or all animal products, including dairy ―are especially potent in preventing type 2 diabetes and have been associated with much lower rates of obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, cardiovascular mortality, and cancer.

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