Saturday, January 13, 2007

Best diet for Diabetes may be Vegan

: Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes (Rodale), to be released on Tuesday, January 9, outlines a powerful new dietary approach to diabetes, based on scientific research proving that a low-fat vegan diet can lower high blood sugar levels three times more effectively than oral medications or the standard diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Dr. Barnard's program is based on a major study he conducted in conjunction with George Washington University and University of Toronto that was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

The study, recently published in Diabetes Care, a journal of the ADA, also shows that the low-fat vegan diet is easier for study participants to follow- and stick with-than the ADA diet. Additionally, the vegan diet controls cholesterol better and results in faster weight loss even though it places no limits on calories or portion sizes and doesn't require exercise.

While Dr. Barnard's program recommends against white bread, sugar, and other foods that can cause blood-sugar spikes, the diet allows unlimited quantities of 'good' carbs, such as rye bread, pumpernickel, sweet potatoes, rice, and, pasta. Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes is the first book to prove that nutrition is more powerful than oral medications in the treatment of diabetes. "

1 comment:

Michelle said...

I have just found your site and I think its great.

It is very interesting that diabetics would do better on a vegan diet, but I think the hardest thing would be convincing them. In my experience (a lot of my family are diabetic) it is hard enough for them to give up sugar let alone have a complete lifestyle and diet change. I can't see the nhs promoting a vegan diet, not from my experience anyway, but it would be great to be proved wrong.