Thinking about becoming a vegetarian? You aren’t alone; roughly 7. 5 million American
adults have chosen a plant-based
way of eating. But when you have
diabetes, the choice isn’t as simple
as breaking up with the butcher.
Switching to a vegetarian eating
plan means more carbohydrate-
rich foods, which can cause blood
glucose trouble if you aren’t careful.
However, armed with the right
information and the motivation
to improve your diet, going
vegetarian—or just moving toward
a more meatless style of eating—
can help you manage your diabetes,
control your weight, and leave you
feeling better than ever.
THE SCIENCE SAYS
Vegetables are good for everyone,
and they’re even more important if
you are a vegetarian who has
diabetes. A 2012 study of people
with type; 2 diabetes (who all got
A meatless diet may offer signi;cant health bene;ts.
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about the same amount of calories
from carbohydrates) found that
those who ate 150;grams or more
of leafy greens (that’s about 2 to
4;cups) each day, whether they were
eating meat or not, had signi;cantly
lower average blood glucose levels
over a three-month period.
And excluding meat altogether
seems to offer bene;ts of its own.
One meta-analysis (a scienti;c
review of published studies)
suggests that a low-fat vegetarian
diet can bring A1C levels down.
Another study shows a relationship Te