Current Diabetes Reports

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 152–158

Usefulness of Vegetarian and Vegan Diets for Treating Type 2 Diabetes

Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11892-010-0093-7

Cite this article as:
Trapp, C.B. & Barnard, N.D. Curr Diab Rep (2010) 10: 152. doi:10.1007/s11892-010-0093-7

Abstract

Significant benefits for diabetes prevention and management have been observed with vegetarian and especially vegan diets. This article reviews observational studies and intervention trials on such diets, and discusses their efficacy, nutritional adequacy, acceptability, and sustainability. Research to date has demonstrated that a low-fat, plant-based nutritional approach improves control of weight, glycemia, and cardiovascular risk. These studies have also shown that carefully planned vegan diets can be more nutritious than diets based on more conventional diet guidelines, with an acceptability that is comparable with that of other therapeutic regimens. Current intervention guidelines from professional organizations offer support for this approach. Vegetarian and vegan diets present potential advantages in managing type 2 diabetes that merit the attention of individuals with diabetes and their caregivers.

Keywords

Vegetarian dietVegan dietType 2 diabetes

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physicians Committee for Responsible MedicineWashingtonUSA