Carbohydrate-rich vegan diets could improve medical markers in people having insulin-dependent diabetes, as per case studies featured in the online Journal of Diabetes & Metabolism. The studies followed diabetic people who embraced vegan diets that are high in whole carbs and that include fresh produce, legumes, and whole grains. The healthcare teams of the diabetics monitored their health-related measurements before they switched to the diets and after it.
One piece of research followed a woman diagnosed with this diabetes a couple of years ago. Back then, she had an A1C of 8.7%, which caused the diabetes diagnosis. At first, she followed a diet high in fats, dairy items and meat, and low in carbs. Her blood glucose level became stable, but she needed extra insulin for each gram of carb ingested. Her overall cholesterol level went up too. In January last year, she transitioned to a plant-based diet. After this move, she could reduce her insulin dose, maintain an A1C of 5.4%, and minimize her level of cholesterol.
The study disputes the validity of the claim that carbohydrates are always to blame for insulin-dependent diabetes. “Adding more healthful carbohydrates to her diet stabilized her glycemic control, reduced her insulin needs, and boosted her overall health,” stated one of the study authors named Hana Kahleova.
Another study participant, an adult man with the said diabetes, transitioned to a WFPB diet by excluding animal-based food items from his earlier diet. He raised his carbohydrate consumption from 0.4 to 0.45 kilograms a day. After embracing the vegan diet rich in carbs, he could reduce the body weight, A1C level, and the level of insulin needed.
The authors noted that the results of an earlier piece of research supported those of their case studies, which found that a fiber- and carb-rich diet improved the usual levels of blood glucose in 10 diabetic people. As the next measure, the authors indicate that randomized control trials are required for the following.
- Verifying the findings of both studies;
- Assessing the generalizability of these findings; and,
- Quantifying the efficacy of vegan diets in treating insulin-dependent
Earlier studies have discovered that vegan diets low in fats are potentially beneficial for individuals having this type of diabetes. Recent Researches show that the possibility of developing the health condition for those who consume plant-based food items is half less than non-vegetarians.