A plant-based diet is best for those with type 2 diabetes, according to a review published online in the Canadian Journal of Diabetes. Researchers from the Canadian Diabetes Association reviewed 13 studies that explored the efficacy and acceptability of plant-based diets as treatment for diabetes. Diabetes patients who followed a plant-based diet improved their insulin sensitivity, reduced their diabetes medications, and lowered their intakes of saturated fat and cholesterol. Results also showed high acceptance rates and, as a result of decreased meat consumption, lower disease prevalence among those who followed a plant-based diet. Researchers call on clinicians to provide more frequent and standardized nutrition education and support for plant-based diets as diabetes treatment.
Rinaldi S, Campbell EE, Fournier J, O’Connor C, Madill J. A comprehensive review of the literature supporting recommendations from the Canadian Diabetes Association for the use of a plant-based diet for management of type 2 diabetes. Can J Diabetes. Published online July 28, 2016.
Nutrition Tip of the Day
Track Your Food Intake Every Now and Then! The only way to know exactly what you are eating, is to weigh your foods and use a nutrition tracker like MyFitnesspal or Cron-o-meter. This is important to know how many calories you are eating. It is also essential to make sure that you’re getting in enough protein, fiber and micronutrients. Studies show that people who track their food intake in one way or another tend to be more successful at losing weight and sticking to a healthy diet. Basically, anything that increases your awareness of what you are eating is likely to help you succeed.