I am interested in following a vegetarian or vegan diet. I know exercise is important, but do need to lose some weight. Can someone help me with getting set up on this type of plan?

Amy Campbell


Both vegetarian and vegan diets can help you manage your diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol, and when followed properly, can also help you lose weight. However, these kind of diets need to be planned carefully to make sure you are getting adequate nutrition. In addition, changing to a vegetarian/vegan way of eating may initially affect blood glucose levels, and in many cases, diabetes medicines need to be adjusted. For these reasons, I’d advise you to meet with a dietitian who has some expertise in vegetarian meal planning. Your doctor may be able to refer you to someone in your community, or you can visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ website at to find a dietitian. In the meantime, to learn more about vegetarian diets, visit The Vegetarian Resource Group’s website at

January 27, 2013 at 11:48 pm

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shortysmalls 2013-02-05 23:21:13 -0600 Report

Thank you Amy for answering my questio and giving me some resources. do have aq dietian here in my town but even though like her she didnt realoly give me any definate answers but needed to substitute proteins like tofu and the like…also balance stuff but did say could follow original plan I have when diagnosed. "But will check out site for a new dietitian who does have expertise in these types of diets.

will let know how i fair and what happens. thanks again