News Feature: Why Plant-Based Diet is Best for Type 1 Diabetes
High in carb plant-based diets help improve the condition of individuals with type 1 diabetes according to a groundbreaking study published in PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine). Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition where the pancreas produces small amounts of insulin to none. The body needs insulin to allow sugar (glucose) to enter the cells and produce energy. Factors such as genetics and viruses can contribute to type 1 diabetes. To date, type 1 diabetes has no cure but is manageable by closely monitoring sugar levels, insulin, diet, and a healthy lifestyle.
In the Journal of Diabetes and Metabolism, two case studies were conducted. The individuals changed to a cruelty-free, plant-based diet. The diet includes eating fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. The blood sugar levels were checked regularly. Results show that an A1c (a measure of blood sugar levels for over three months) at 8.7 percent dropped to 5.4 percent while cholesterol levels dropped from 221 mg/dL to 158 mg/dL. These are good numbers, especially for type 1 diabetics.
Dr. Hana Kahleova, MD, Ph. D, the Head of the clinical research of PCRM said, "Adding more healthful carbohydrates to her [patient's] diet stabilized her glycemic control, reduced her insulin needs, and boosted her overall health." She further adds, "The patient in this case study experienced the opposite: Adding more healthful carbohydrates to her diet stabilized her glycemic control, reduced her insulin needs, and boosted her overall health."
This groundbreaking study concludes that plant-based diets can help people with type 1 diabetes. It also challenges the misconception regarding carbs, that healthy carbs can stabilize glycemic control, reduce insulin intake, and most importantly boost overall health. This groundbreaking research also has shown that low-fat plant-based diets are beneficial to type 2 diabetes.
So, if you are a type 2 diabetic, changing to a plant-based diet can make a difference.