The American Diabetes Association has found that a plant based diet can help be a way of maintaining type 2 diabetes, as published in their 2018 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes. It has been highlighted that ‘nutrient-dense, high quality foods’ are key to managing the condition.

Dr Neal Barnard who leads the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) wrote about this adding that the American Diabetes Association also “encourages clinicians to always include education on lifestyle management.” According to the 2018 Standards of Medical Care guide: “Nutrition therapy has an integral role in overall diabetes management, and each person with diabetes should be actively engaged in education, self-management and treatment planning with his or her health care team, including the collaborative development of an individualized eating plan.”

The PCRM have been advocates for plant based diets and the benefits they present concluding that they can manage and prevent chronic illnesses, and can reverse type 2 diabetes. The organisation said: “Diet changes are the cornerstone to treating type 2 diabetes. Current diet recommendations require restricting portion sizes, measuring and weighing foods and limiting the total amount of carbohydrate.

“However, evidence suggests that a different dietary approach may be more effective and easier to follow… the first step is to avoid animal derived products.”

Read more about the link between type 2 diabetes and diet from our regular columnist Dr. Michael Greger here.

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