Manage & Treat Diabetes With A Plant Based Diet

Updated: Sep 2

A Plant based diet is a powerful tool for preventing, managing and even reversing type 2 diabetes - Neil Barnard MD, FACC, President of PCRM

The Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine(PCRM) put a plant based diet to the test on thousands of patients who have type 2 diabetes.

In 2003 the PCRM conducted a a study that determined a plant based diet controlled blood sugar three times more effectively than a traditional diabetes diet that limits calories and carbohydrates. Within a few weeks participants saw dramatic health improvements such as weight-loss, their insulin sensitivity improved and Hemoglobin A1c(HbA1c) levels dropped, in some cases you wouldn't have thought they had diabetes to begin with.

Research shows that eating a diet high in fatty foods can cause fat particles to build up inside our cells. These particles interfere with insulin's ability to move sugar out of the blood stream and into our cells. Instead of the glucose powering our cells, it remains in our blood stream, eventually leading to diabetes. A plant based diet is low in fat which allows insulin to function properly.

Tackle Diabetes Easily

  1. Eat a plant based diet - Evidence shows a diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes can prevent and reverse diabetes.

  2. Limit foods high in fat - Diets high in animal products and added oils are linked to increased diabetes risk.

  3. Eat foods that are low on the glycemic index - Beans, oats, sweet potato and other low-GI foods do not spike blood sugar.

  4. Eat enough fiber - Fiber is only found in plants and helps improve blood glucose control, aim to eat around 40g of fiber per day.