Originally Posted by Tracy Collins
Hi folks,my first post here. I have recently ( last 2 weeks ) been transitioning from vegetarian to vegan. My issue now is that I am diabetic and have been told the best diet for maintaining a low blood glucose level is that of low carb, high fat. Well I am really struggling on how to go about doing this on a vegan diet and don't really know where to start. I know I need to get all my vitamin and minerals too, but it seems that most vegan diets are based around carbs as the staple. Is there anyone else here who has managed it? Any thoughts or suggestions would be gratefully received.
Although some diabetes forums, and even certain physicians, recommend a low-carb diet for diabetes, the American Diabetes Association doesn't agree. In fact, the American Diabetes Association specifically recommends certain high-carb whole foods, such as beans, whole grains, sweet potatoes, berries, and citrus fruits: http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fit...uperfoods.html
. These are among the exact foods included in healthy vegan diets.
The American Diabetes Association also specifically recommends vegetarian and vegan diets for preventing and managing type 2 diabetes: http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fit...r-vegetarians/
Kaiser Permanente - one of the largest health insurance companies in the United States - also recommends vegan diets for helping to treat type 2 diabetes: https://share.kaiserpermanente.org/w...et-booklet.pdf
The American Heart Association states that vegetarians have been shown to have lower rates of diabetes: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Health...32_Article.jsp
Because you are treating and managing a potentially dangerous disease, it might be prudent to make 1 or 2 appointments with a Registered Dietitian who specializes in vegetarian nutrition, and in diabetes treatment. A Registered Dietitian will work with you and your physician to help you plan a delicious vegan diet that addresses your health issues.
In the United States, you can find a local Registered Dietitian through this website: http://www.eatright.org
. Just click on the "Find an Expert" button, located in the upper-right-hand portion of the webpage.
In the U.K., you can find a local Registered Dietitian on the Freelance Dietitians website: http://www.freelancedietitians.org/
In New Zealand, you can find a local Registered Dietitian through the Dietitians New Zealand website: http://dietitians.org.nz/find-a-dietitian/
In Canada, you can find a local Registered Dietitian at the Dietitians of Canada website: http://www.dietitians.ca/Find-a-Dietitian.aspx