Is a Vegetarian Diet Good For Diabetes?

Is a Vegetarian Diet Good For Diabetes?


Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com,
researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, is
a vegetarian diet good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you
download my free diabetes management book which also includes a diabetes grocery shopping
guide (foods to eat and avoid) by clicking the link below. Throughout these videos I have been asked
about a lot of “diets” and if they are good for diabetes. I have already covered “The Zone” and
will look at a couple others in the future. Today I want to discuss a vegetarian diet
and whether or not it is good or bad for diabetes. Now, I will say up front that I am a meat
eater. I love meat. But I also do my best to put my personal thoughts
aside when researching for this channel. That being said, let’s look at what a vegetarian
diet consists of and whether or not it is good for a person with diabetes. First of all, not all vegetarian diets are
alike. In fact, there are many different types, but
they all mainly fall into 3 basic categories. A vegan diet is one that restricts most, if
not all, animal products. People who eat a vegan diet do not eat meat,
eggs, or dairy products. There is a Lacto-vegetarian diet. Those who follow this type of diet do not
eat meat or eggs. However, they will eat dairy products. The Lacto-ovo vegetarian diet does not allow
any meat. However, those who follow this diet eat both
dairy products and eggs. So this question just got a bit harder to
answer. Depending on which vegetarian diet you follow. A strict interpretation of the vegetarian
diet would be the vegan diet which has no animal products whatsoever, plants are their
only source of food. That is the diet we will focus on the most. People with diabetes who choose to follow
this type of vegetarian diet will find a diet that basically consists of soy products and
a mix of vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains provides plenty of protein and other
important nutrients. If you choose to follow a strict vegan diet,
you will have some concern with the lack of B12. B12 is a nutrient that helps keep the body’s
nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Vitamin B12 also helps prevent a type of anemia
called megaloblastic anemia that makes people tired and weak. If you are on a vegan diet, you will probably
need to take a supplement or multi-vitamin. According to the American Diabetes Association
“Research supports that following this type of diet can help prevent and manage diabetes. In fact, research on vegan diets has found
that carbohydrate and calorie restrictions were not necessary and still promoted weight
loss and lowered participants’ A1C.” So is a vegetarian diet good for diabetes? Yes it is, AND another benefit could be cost. Meat is a pretty expensive commodity these
days. I hope this answered your question is a vegetarian
diet good or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes management
book by clicking the link in the description box below. Let me know if you have any other diabetes
related questions. Thank you
I am Ty Mason