Vegan Diet to Prevent and Cure Diabetes
A friend of mine has recently been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and he was told a vegan diet could reduce the symptoms or even fix it. Can you please advise a starting point for him. I'm not sure where to begin to research but it needs to be simple things to start e.g. lunch on the go seems to be the hardest one at present.
I have read quite a bit about how a vegan diet can prevent and cure type 2 diabetes. In some cases, people are able to reduce or eliminate their insulin needs. Here is a page on a study done by Dr. Anderson. This is just one of many studies done on the topic.
Even the American Dietetic Association (ADA) recently uncovered that a vegan diet is more effective at preventing and reversing diabetes than their own diet recommendations.
There are also tons of amazing books out there written by doctors who give extraordinary answers to your very questions. One I love is Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes without Drugs. Dr. Barnard's book provides data from studies on diabetes that shows patients whose lives were completely changed from moving to a plant-based diet.
Another great book on the health benefits of the vegan diet is The China Study.
As far as lunches, the easiest thing to grab tends to be a hummus and veggie sandwich. You can prepare it at home or find them at most restaurants, and it is often nutritionally complete. I would advise picking up a whole grain roll and packing as many vegetables into the sandwich as possible. Also, a piece of fruit would make a great dessert.
Other great lunches are leftovers from dinner the night before, which can often be microwaved or thrown into a sandwich.
I hope that helps!
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