Can you suggest a vegetarian diet for a diabetic?
People with diabetes can certainly follow a vegetarian eating plan, but this really should be planned out with help from a dietitian. Vegetarian plans tend to be higher in carbohydrate than plans that include animal protein. This isn’t necessarily a “bad” thing but it’s important to choose healthy, lower glycemic index carbs and to also balance out those carbs with adequate protein and fat. Switching to a vegetarian eating plan can affect blood glucose levels, so you’ll likely need to check your blood glucose more frequently than usual to find out how this eating plan affects your diabetes control. You also need to decide if you will include any animal foods, such as milk, yogurt or eggs, or if you are going to follow a vegan plan, which excludes all animal products. A vegan eating plan is somewhat restrictive and there’s a risk of not getting enough of certain nutrients, such as vitamin B12, iron and calcium, unless it’s carefully planned.
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