Recently in the news, it was reported that following a vegan diet can help people who suffer with type 2 diabetes to better manage their condition and avoid complications but is this really the case?
Looking deeper into the research, it seems that this may not be quite true. This research included small studies so can firm conclusions about their effects really be drawn? Probably not. As well as this, the research did not give a lot of detail on exactly what was being compared with what. All a bit deflating really.
So lets focus on what we do know. We know that a truly healthy vegan diet should include lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, pulses and wholegrains, good sources of vitamin B12, protein, vitamin D and iodine. This type of diet will also help you control your diabetes. Vegan diets rich in refined sugars should be avoided as these foods will likely worsen your diabetes control.
In summary, a healthy vegan diet may help manage your diabetes but this is likely because you are eating well and not necessarily because you are choosing to be vegan.
Toumpanakis A, Turnbull T, Alba-Barba I. Effectiveness of plant-based diets in promoting well-being in the management of type 2 diabetes: a systematic review BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. Published online October 30 2018