News Flash – Vegan Diet Helps Combat Diabetes

Diabetes Health proclaimed today that a low-fat vegan diet is good for glucose control in diabetics. They don't actually say much more in the article, but I found it worth remarking that a national publication devoted to one of the most insidious diseases today is advocating veganism as a dietary solution to this disease. In addition to the magazine, the American Association of Diabetes Educators included a session entitled "Practical Resources for Vegan Diet Instruction for Diabetes" in this year's annual meeting.

Diabetes Health just returned from the annual meeting of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), in Washington, D.C., August 6 through 9, 2008. We joined 3,500 attendees in, as AADE President, Amparo Gonzalez, RN, BSN, CDE, said, "taking on the challenges of delivering diabetes education in today's healthcare environment."

Source: Diabetes Health

The data they site is from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, whose study showed that a low-fat vegan diet can lead to weight loss and decreased blood glucose levels. (If you're interested in the actual data click here and scroll down to the end of the article.)

Hopefully this presages a shift in thinking in the medical industry. Maybe we can move away from pharmaceutical solutions to nutritional education for our physicians, and ourselves.

Now, wouldn't it be nice if the Heart Disease and Cancer groups got on board too. Then we'll have the big three covered!


  1. Wow, that is awesome! I actually can attest to the vegan lifestyle and diabetes. I was diagnosed almost 5 years ago and had been on insulin every day – long and short acting. I tried EVERY THING and was told over and over by doctors “low carb, high protein”. I was told not to eat things like fruit, oatmeal, grains. I picked up this book called the 30 day diabetes miracle which very thoroughly explains how and why going vegan helps diabetes. I was skeptical, but jumped in the deep end – and with in a few weeks I was completely off of insulin. My sugar for the first time in 5 years is staying in control, and I really feel amazing. And it was not hard at all to switch. And … I can eat fruit and oatmeal 😉 Anyway, I wanted to share with you. And anyone else who is suffering from diabetes and or obesity. As my husband put it “After all we’ve been through with diabetes, going vegan has been a piece of cake” 😉

  2. So we are back to a low-fat diet but this time with vegetables? That’s great. Anything that will contain the rise of diabetes statistics is good news. And this is backed not only by the magazine Diabetes Health but also by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

    Evelyn Guzman (If you want to visit, just click but if it doesn’t work, copy and paste it onto your browser.)

  3. Hi Natala,
    While neither Jane nor I actually have diabetes, it is in Jane’s gene pool, so it’s one of the diseases she keeps her eye on (along with breast and colon cancer, and heart disease, and stroke). It’s so encouraging to hear stories like yours. Thanks for chiming in.
    I love your husbands quote!

    Hi Evelyn,
    Jane remarks that sometimes it feels like dietary guidelines change as often as fashion.
    This diet makes a lot of sense to us.

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