In a new review published by the Clinical Nutrition journal, it says that a plant-based diet can reduce risk factors of diabetic patients by promoting weight-loss, reducing cholesterol, and enhancing glycemic control.
The study was conducted by reviewing 9 randomized trials in which a vegan and vegetarian diet were tested on patients with diabetes. The results showed that the patients who consumed a plant-based diet during the trial period experienced a lowering in their cholesterol levels, lost weight, lowered their glycated hemoglobin levels, and decreased other cardiometabolic risk factors associated with diabetes. These results were significantly more impressive compared to those that consumed a non-vegetarian diet.
These results are so important because over 100 million Americans have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes. For those with diabetes, there is a greater chance of developing cardiovascular disease.
In fact, co-author of this study, Hana Kahleova, explains that 60-70% of patients who have type 2 diabetes will develop some form of heart disease. While this news may seem daunting, this study further validates the importance of consuming a plant-based diet to improve both diabetes and cardiovascular-related risk factors. Choosing a healthy lifestyle is a great way to take initiative when trying to improve a disease.
A plant-based diet packed with fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains, is capable of improving cardiovascular health and glycemic control because it is low in saturated fat, high in phytochemicals and fiber, and it offers low glycemic options.
Take control of your health with these low-glycemic, heart-healthy recipes!
Kale and Grilled Tomato Salad
Dark leafy greens are packed with fiber which slows the release of sugar in the bloodstream, improving insulin function. For a salad loaded with fiber and nutrients, try this Kale and Grilled Tomato Salad with zucchini and chopped walnuts.
Quick and Easy Refried Bean and Veggie Tacos
Legumes are a great source of plant-based protein that won’t spike your insulin levels, and in fact, will improve them! Try these Refried Bean and Veggie Tacos for a quick and delicious meal!
Cauliflower Salad with Roasted Almonds and Brazil Nut Parmesan
Nuts are low on the glycemic index and are also filled with fiber, slowing the rate at which sugar is absorbed in the bloodstream. For a nutrient-dense meal with fresh thyme and avocado, try this Cauliflower Salad with Roasted Almonds and Brazil Nut Parmesan.
To learn how to naturally control blood sugar, check out this article and try downloading this Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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