A Vegan Diet May Be Beneficial
recent study showed that people who ate a vegan diet, which contains no food
from animal sources, lowered blood sugar more and lost more weight than people
who were on a standard diet from the American Diabetes Association.
the study, 99 people with type 2 diabetes were randomly assigned to either a
low-fat, low-sugar vegan diet or the standard American Diabetes Association
diet. After 22 weeks:
- 43 percent of the vegan
dieters and 26 percent of the standard dieters were able to either reduce
the dosage on some medications or stop taking them altogether.
- Vegan dieters lost an
average of 14 pounds, while the other group lost an average of 6.8 pounds.
- The A1C of the vegan
group fell by an average of 1.23 points, while the A1C of the other group
fell by 0.38 points. (The A1C gives an overall view of how a person’s diabetes
has been managed over the past three months.)
Vegan diets contain no meat,
eggs, cheese or any other animal products. The American Diabetes Association
diet encourages people to count calories and eat only moderate amounts of
sugary or starchy foods.