Vegan diet can keep diabetes in check, study suggests

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Eating a plant-based or vegan diet could significantly improve psychological wellbeing and reduce risk factors of type 2 diabetes, research indicates.

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In the study, researchers from the University of London, the University of Northampton, and East Sussex NHS Healthcare Trust looked at 11 clinical trials published between 1999 and 2017 which compared plant-based diets to other diets.

The researchers behind the review believe this is because a plant-based diet helped them better control their diabetes.

Diabetics who switched to a plant-based diet tended to experience a significant improvement in their emotional well-being, according to the combined findings from 11 prior studies.

Eight of the trials looked at how the vegan diet affected health and six included giving patients information about optimal nutrition. The trials lasted an average 23 weeks.

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Also, their nerve pain eased, and they could more easily manage their blood sugar levels.

Going vegan could help people with Type 2 diabetes feel happier and lose weight, say researchers.

"Based on the evidence of the research analysis by this systematic review, it can be concluded that plant-based diets accompanied by educational interventions can significantly improve psychological health, quality of life, HbA1c [blood sugar] levels and weight, and therefore the management of diabetes", they wrote. Depression levels dropped, while overall quality of life improved. They also reduce pressure and the risk of heart complications associated with diabetes. But it also notes that not all vegan diets are healthy.

Vegan diets eliminate all animal products from your food, including eggs and dairy, said Rahaf Al Bochi, a registered dietitian nutritionist and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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