Type 2 diabetes
It’s a global epidemic! It’s a mass killer. Millions of new people are affected by this horrific disease every year. A whole host of problems can surface with and in addition to this life long sentence which can lead to an early death.
We are talking about Type 2 Diabetes!
Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 (also known as Type 2 Diabetes) is a long-term metabolic disorder that is characterized by high blood sugar, insulin resistance, and a relative lack of insulin.
What is Type 2 Diabetes caused by?
- Lack of Physical Activity
- Poor Diet
Common symptoms include frequent urination, increased thirst and hunger, tiredness, unintentional weight loss, and sores that won’t heal. Complications can lead to heart disease, strokes, diabetic retinopathy, kidney failure, and poor blood flow.
Sounds like a great time, but there must be something we can do to not only prevent this killer and protect our bodies, but to turn this health depleting disease upside down?
Gone are the days when people thought that meat, dairy, and eggs were important for their health. The International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization are both on board when it comes to meat is out, plant-based protein is in.
Now, even the American Diabetes Association (ADA) guidelines include high fiber foods, nutrient-dense foods, and low-glycemic foods that are plant-based. Why then do somany doctors seemingly keep wanting to prescribe pill after pill to fix your many ills instead of getting to the root of the problem? More and more people are realizing that food is your medicine. You can heal many of your health related problems with your food choices.
Vegan diets are right on par with these official guidelines. A plant-based vegan diet is mega important for both your physical and mental wellbeing. It’s the perfect lifestyle choice for diabetes control, prevention, and reversal of the disease. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics approve that vegan diets are appropriate for all stages of life and provides benefits for the prevention and treatment of not only diabetes, but obesity and heart disease as well.
Sign me up! Where do we start?
If you’ve been eating an animal based diet all of your life, you may not know where to begin.
Go vegan. Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Cut out meat, dairy, and eggs. Eliminate all animal products. It’s really not that complicated. Fiber is good for you and you won’t find fiber in animal products. Replace animal protein which is loaded with inflammation causing saturated fat with plant-based protein. A Western-style diet that all encompasses a high intake of red meat, animal fat, highly processed and fast food and refined carbohydrates with low intakes of fruits and vegetables, is the fuel for type 2 diabetes and so many other diseases.
Plant-based protein is loaded with healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, fiber, and nutrients. These optimal gems decrease the risk of Type 2 diabetes by improving cholesterol levels, decreasing your risk of heart disease, benefit insulin levels, and help with blood sugar control.
Great sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocados, peanut oil, and other plant-based oils. Beneficial fiber is found in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. All of these are nutrient rich for your health.
Scientific study after study has proven that a plant-based vegan diet is THEE way to go when controlling your Type 2 diabetes and many other health problems you may be facing.Type 2 diabetes diagnoses are significantly lower among those following a vegan plant-based diet compared to omnivores.
Do you want your average (HbA1c) and fasting blood glucose levels to fall into the normal range? Eat a vegan diet full of plants. Legumes, nuts, greens, fruits, seeds, and whole grains are your friends. Dietary choices are key elements of insulin resistance. Meats, fast foods, sugary drinks, and refined carbohydrates, play a negative role in the onset and probability of Type 2 diabetes.
Almost 15 % of all deaths every year are due to diabetes and that number is sadly, expanding. Plant-based living has many benefits for your health including
- Lower body mass index
- Reversal of insulin resistance
- Improvements in glycemic control
- Reduction of macro-and micro-vascular risk of type 2 diabetes
- Lower cholesterol
- Less incidence of hypertension
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduced odds of type 2 diabetes complications
This is one ugly disease with an easy fix. Eat right. Go vegan. Eat a plant-based powerhouse of nutrition in the foods you choose to include and those foods you purposely (and positively) avoid.