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#1 Old 09-11-2005, 02:09 PM
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I've just been diagnosed. My Dr. said it was mild enough that it could be controlled with diet. I love my beans and don't want to give them up, but I understand they're high in carbs. Any advice, or does anyone know where I could find some sample diabetic vegan menus?

Also, while I am optimistic about being able to control this with diet and exercise, I can't help worrying about the need for insulin. Is there such a thing a synthetic insulin?
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#2 Old 09-11-2005, 02:48 PM
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I don't know much about diabetes, so excuse my ignorance and curiousity. I thought refined carbohydrates were the problem with diabetes due to the sharp rise and drop in blood sugar levels, but that healthy whole foods (like beans) didn't have that same effect. Is that not the case?
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My neighbour is (an omni) diabetic, and I know that she eats - and benefits from eating - beans, pulses and tofu. Beans are rich in carbs, yes, but they're also an excellent protein source, and should certainly not be placed in the same category as, e.g., refined grain products such as white rice and pasta. (They're also much richer in minerals and fibres, of course).
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#4 Old 09-11-2005, 03:46 PM
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Check out Dr. Fuhrman's info on diet and diabtetes: http://www.drfuhrman.com/disease/Diabetes.aspx I don't think he has sample menus specific to diabetes but he does have "regular" sample menus in his book Eat to Live. I'm guessing the main difference between his "regular" diet recommendations and those for diabetics would be less fruit for the diabetics (?), until the condition has resolved. I don't know much about the "standard" diet recommended for diabetes but with his approach, you definitely do not have to give up beans!
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#5 Old 09-11-2005, 04:41 PM
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Don't give up those beans! They are a great blood sugar stabilizer.

Eat plenty of beans and vegetables, smaller amounts of fruits and nuts (eating them together will lessen the fructose's effect on your blood sugar), limited amounts of whole grains, and avoid refined starch products entirely if you can (breads and pastas--even whole wheat varieties, white rice, etc.) And NO sugar of course!

Good luck! Early stage diabetes is reversible through diet. There's a good prognosis for you.
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#6 Old 09-12-2005, 02:02 PM
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My Husband is diabetic. We went to a 1 day clinic at the medical center to learn about it. The first thing they taught us was to look at the serving size and then look how much the total carbs are for that serving. Then subtract out the fiber. What's left is the net effect or net carbs. My husband (weighs about 230 lbs) he is suppose to have 17 counts of carbs-counting 15 gram per carb (1 = 15 grams x 17) He doesn't have to count fruits or vegies except for potatoe, peas and corn. And he avoids (as much as I can make him) refined flours, pastas, sugars. He limits severely cakes, chips, cookies etc. This has been working for him so that he doesn't have to take medication. And counting makes it a little easier. Just watch your portions.

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