Is it advisable for a type 2 diabetic to try a vegatarian diet?

Amy Campbell


Thanks for your question – it’s a good one! Actually, a lot of people with diabetes (both type 1 and type 2) follow vegetarian eating plans. Vegetarian diets, if planned properly, can be very healthy and offer certain benefits to people with diabetes. First, many people find that they lose weight once they switch to a vegetarian way of eating. Losing weight, if you need to, can improve glucose control and reduce insulin resistance. Second, a vegetarian diet can lower the risk of heart disease. And third, the foods that one usually eats on a vegetarian diet, like beans, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables can help improve blood glucose control. There are different kinds of vegetarian diets, so you need to decide what’s best for you. A vegan diet eliminates all animal products, including milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs and butter. A lacto-ovo vegetarian diet includes dairy foods and eggs, and a lacto-vegetarian diet includes dairy foods but no eggs. It’s a good idea to meet with a dietitian to create a vegetarian meal that will provide you with the amount of carbohydrate and calories that are right for you, as well as to make sure that you get enough of other essential nutrients needed for good health.

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Caroltoo 2012-01-03 14:27:18 -0600 Report

How do you get a balance of all amino acids the body needs for health, when eating vegetarian? Beans and legumes make my BG spike and stay up for hours, so they aren't an option for me, which is a reason why I still use lean meat products though I also have lots of fruit and vegetables.

(Type 2: diet and exercise controlled).