Veganism Hasn't Helped My Diabetes Yet

by Darlene B.
(Colorado)

Veganism Hasn't Helped My Diabetes Yet


I am a 62 year old woman who has had diabetes type 2 for almost ten years. I can't control my blood sugar and have high cholesterol and triglycerides. I had blood work in July and decided, after bad results, to go vegan.

I was very careful about the diet and ate healthy, whole, vegan foods. Two weeks ago, I got results from new blood work and everything got worse. My cholesterol, triglycerides and my A1C. (was 9.3) The protein in my kidneys improved slightly and my good cholesterol went up on point. (Still not great) Now I am very upset and confused about what to eat. EVERYTHING I've read and heard about a vegan diet made me believe it would help my diabetes. Does anyone know why this happened and should I continue trying to eat vegan or give it up?

Answer:
I'm sorry you're going through such a hard situation. Since I'm not a doctor, I cannot really explain what might be going on with your blood results. It's also hard to say for sure without knowing exactly what food you have been eating since you moved to veganism, and about the rest of your lifestyle (exercise, stress, smoking, etc). That's why a doctor would be able to help you much better.

Have you read Tackling Diabetes with Dr. Neal Barnard or Healthy Eating for Life to Prevent and Treat Diabetes? Dr. Barnard has tons of data and helpful hints on how to go about making that change. I also just saw another book that I haven't read, Vegan Menu for People With Diabetes, that seems like it would be helpful in figuring out exactly which foods are best for you.

Other than that, my hunch is that it might take some time. Some of your numbers did move in a positive direction, so maybe they will make a larger jump the next time you get results. Sometimes the body can be stubborn and needs more than a few months to readjust to a new lifestyle. If anyone has experience with this on the forum, we'd love to hear your thoughts. Please keep us updated on your progress.

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Fats really ARE a problem...
by: Atheria

As much as it ticks me off, because I love fatty foods, I have to accept that my blood sugar control does NOT like them. I'm normally on a very high whole carb, very low fat vegan diet and have been doing really well. But, the past few days I've just been so bored with my ultra healthy food, and because I don't want to lose anymore weight, I've been eating some avocado, sunflower seed butter (homemade with no sugar), etc. Well, I've not felt great afterward (was good going down though...ha ha) and my fasting number was high today. Ugh!

My blood sugar clearly gets less stable when I eat too much fat. In my case, 20% fat is too high. I only do well with 10% or less. Also, watch out for white taters and flour products. Sweet potatoes/yams are a better option, and whole foods.

Hang in there,
Atheria

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Another thought
by: Anonymous

I hear when people go vegan for Diabetes one of the big mistakes they make is eating pasta. I hear pasta will give you a delayed high sugar reading much later and then when you eat it.

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Try low carb diet to cure diabetes
by: Anonymous

If Vegan does not work, try Atkins or other low carb diets, they too are said to cure diabetes. I used to be vegan for many years, now switched to animal products and feel much better. Cut away starches for awhile and eat more protein and fat. Do a research on low carb diet like Paleo or Atkins or similar diets.

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Give Amla a try
by: Anonymous

Recent research shows that Amla (Indian Gooseberry) in powder form (1 tsp per day) and lower blood glucose levels as well as most of the leading drugs. It is one of the highest sources for antioxidants. Start your day with a soy or almond milk smoothie, add a tsp of Amla, 2 tbsp of ground flax seeds, and some fruit and this is a delicious and healthy way to start your day. The flax will lower your homo-cysteine levels as well as provide a thickness to your smoothie and other health benefits. You can get Amla powder on Amazon or from most Indian food stores.

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Nurses & Nutrition
by: Allie

There is an all natural product called Pro-Argi9+ You could try this along with all of the other wonderful suggestions that everyone here posted. I have had many diabetes patients try this and be healed even reverse type 2 diabetes.

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Veganism
by: Anonymous

Hello friend. I had the same problem but when I went low fat no more than 3 grams of fat on all my vegan food and no processed oils of any kind my numbers improved tremendously. I read Dr Neil Barnard's book and it saved my life . My A1c is in the normal range in the 5's and my blood pressure is now an astounding 110/70 like a 20 year old kid. My Doctor almost fell off his chair when he saw my blood pressure. This all stared to improve when I cut out all the oils and started to walk 30 minutes 5 times a week. My cholesterol is now in the normal range at about 156 combined.

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Eat what's good for you
by: Anonymous

Veganism will not help diabetes. If you want to be vegan for ethical reasons, do it. If you have no ethical reasons for being vegan, just focus on eating healthfully. Occasional consumption of animal products is not bad for your health. I have been vegan for extended periods of time (years) twice in my life. In both cases as soon as I incorporated meat back into my diet, my health dramatically improved; virtually all ex-vegans I know have had the same experience. The people who are urging you to go vegan to avoid diabetes are people who are primarily motivated by an ethical system and are either using the health benefit mythology as a propaganda piece or are just engaging in wishful thinking.

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managing your diabetes
by: Anonymous

If you have diabetes and you are overweight... you should lose a lot of weight following a vegan diet. If you are still having problems..buy the book by Dr. Barnard entitled Reversing Diabetes and follow his "plant-based" diet very strictly. I did and my AIC and blood sugar is well under control and I have reduced my use of insulin as well. My goal is to never take medication again and I need to lose 23 more pounds to get there. You can too. Keep it up!!!

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nurse's comments
by: Sue

Several thoughts about your results. I am a nurse and my husband is diabetic so I know your pain. It takes about 6 months to significantly change your lipid profile and the HgA1C. Hopefully, your doctor will agree to check your results in 6 months.

The second suggestion is to watch your fat intake. Try to keep your fat less than 20% of your total calories. Most foods have some fat so limit those with lots of fat like nuts and avocados. Weigh and measure everything! That should help the cholesterol problem.

Third, make sure all your carbs are whole grain. That means brown rice, whole wheat bread and whole wheat pasta. That will help the diabetes as the sugar is absorbed more slowly. Your diet should consist mainly of vegetables and whole grains with small amounts of fruit and high fat foods. Hope this helps.

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Raw Food
by: Jessica

You should watch the documentary Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days


it's an AMAZING, groundbreaking film about a group of Americans who go to stay at the Tree of Life rejuvenation center in Arizona for 30 days hoping to reverse their diabetes with low-glycemic raw vegan food!

Their results are truly astounding. I recommend it highly.

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Don't give up!!
by: Natasha

You said it yourself, everyone seems to believe a vegan diet will help your diabetes significantly.

Nothing worth it is easy to get right? Consider your slow results proof that on this route, you will be healthier at some point soon and keep tackling it, one day at a time. =) Don't ever give up!!

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Have you tried Moringa?
by: Anonymous

I have been hearing about a lot about Moringa Oleifera lately specifically with regards to its positive effects on blood sugar regulation and cholesterol lowering. As well as its medicinal qualities it is high in calcium, vitamins Iron & Protein. Ideal for Vegans such as myself.

Find out more at http://www.moringamutual.org

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White stuff
by: Anonymous

Have you tried to remove everything white from your new Vegan way of eating? Anything white, your body treats as sugar. That is white flour, white sugar, White rice, white potatoes. You get the idea. Apparently whole wheat will do the same thing. Maybe this will help. It won't work if you smoke. I quit with the gum. BOY!!!! did I do a lot of chewing & much much more than one every two hours. I threw out the instructions & did it my way & it worked.

I now make Rye or Pumpernickle bread, eat sweet potato fries, use honey, agavae, or Stevia in place of sugar. Brown rice or Busmonti rice. As you can guess I'm not the best speller. LyNel

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