Going Vegan Not a Wise Choice to Beat Diabetes

As you know, one of the keys to treating diabetes effectively and without a drug is to retool your diet based on your body's unique nutritional type while eliminating grains and sugars. That doesn't mean giving up raw milk and meat rich in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), however.

Nevertheless, a group of scientists claim a low-fat vegan diet helps a diabetic patient lower his or her blood pressure and cholesterol and lose even more weight than a standard diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Researchers assigned 99 patients with type 2 diabetes to the vegan or ADA diet. Over the course of 22 weeks, 43 percent of vegan dieters and 26 percent ADA dieters reduced their need for prescription medicines or stopped taking some of them altogether. Moreover, vegan patients about twice as much weight (14 pounds) as those following the ADA plan.

An important caveat: One of those pro-vegan researchers is Dr. Neal Barnard, a founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, an organization responsible for mutilating the truth behind the death of Dr. Robert Atkins and promoting a skewed, health-harming agenda, in general.

Staying away from meat isn't healthy for about two-thirds of you reading this, again governed by your nutritional type. Also, vitamin B12 isn't absorbed very well from plant sources which is why many vegans develop deficiencies.

Diabetes Care, Vol. 29, No. 8, August 2006: 1773-1783

MSNBC July 27, 2006

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