Go Meatless. - Can it help me control my diabetes?
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Meat is problematic.
Can it help me control my diabetes?
Reference: Diabetes.co.UK Vegetarian Diabetic Diet
- Promote a healthy weight
- Improve blood sugar control and insulin response
Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
Promotes a healthy weight.
Vegetarian diets are often lower in calories than are non-vegetarian diets. This can help with weight management. Also, people following a vegetarian diet tend to have lower body mass indexes (BMIs) than do people who follow a non-vegetarian diet. A healthy body weight can improve blood sugar control and reduce your risk of diabetes complications.
Improves 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.
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.
Reduces your 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.
Reference: Mayo Clinic Experts Answers
If you're considering a vegetarian diet, you should speak with a nutrition specialist. He or she can help you create an eating plan that provides all the necessary nutrients and the right number of calories to maintain a healthy weight.
As with any diet, it’s important to stay within an appropriate calories range to lose weight if that’s your goal.🤗