Can a vegan diet reduce the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes? Can a plant-based lifestyle reverse the disease? According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2015, more than 30 million Americans were diabetic and more than 84 million adults were prediabetic. It is likely that this rise coincides with the adoption of the Western pattern diet, which includes a lot of fatty processed foods.
Diabetes.co.uk has vouched for a balanced vegan diet to lower blood glucose levels in diabetic patients, especially in combination with increased physical activity. The University of London conducted a study which showed that a plant-based diet can ease symptoms of depression and other mental health issues in type 2 diabetes sufferers.
Dr. Pamela Popper, Dr. Joel Fuhrman and Dr. Michael Greger have all spoken to a plant-based diet’s effectiveness in managing diabetes symptoms, and even reversing insulin resistance.