A new study has reported type two diabetics, who eat a vegetarian diet, are more likely:
To have a better quality of life
Suffer less from depression
Be compliant with the dietary restriction of diabetes
Dietary intervention is one of the key components in the treatment and management of type two diabetes. Type two diabetic needs to follow a somewhat restrictive diet that is low in sugar. Bodies such as the European Association of Diabetics issue guidelines, to help guide diabetics in the management of their diets.
This study measured a group of 37 diabetics following a vegetarian diet vs. 37 diabetics following a conventional diabetic diet. The vegetarian diet was 60% carbohydrates, 15% protein and 25% fat, all of which came from vegetables, grains, legumes, fruit and nuts. Animal products were limited to one low fat yogurt daily. The conventional diabetic diet was 50% carbohydrates, 20% protein and 30% fat. Both groups were assigned the same exercise program.
The participant’s quality of life, depression score (measured on the Beck Scale) and eating behaviors were measured at 0 weeks, 12 weeks and 24 weeks.
Although both groups showed to have a positive response to the dietary intervention, the vegetarian group fared better than the conventional diet group.
The vegetarian group reported a greater increase in good mood. This falls in line with previous studies. It is thought that the improvement in mood may be to do with how meat influences neurotransmitter synthesis.
The vegetarian diet also reported that they felt less constrained by their diet than the conventional group, suggesting that the vegetarian diet for diabetics, in the long-term, may have higher compliance.
The group eating the vegetarian diet also reported that, despite the restrictive calorie intake of both diets, they had less hunger when compared to the conventional group.
The study suggests a vegetarian is diet superior to a carnivore diet for type two diabetics. Not only does it have physical health benefits but also mental health benefits.
New discovery to ups the level, a way for new generation of diabeteic medication.
A new discovery made by Australian scientists could pave the way for a new generation of insulin drugs to treat diabetes.
Diabetes affects 8.3% of the population in the United States, this figure is growing annually. People with diabetes either secrete little or no insulin which as known as type 1 diabetes, or their bodies have become resistant to insulin, which is known as type 2 diabetes. Insulin keeps the sugar level in blood within a normal range. After eating, sugar enters the blood stream. Insulin, a peptide hormone secreted by the pancreas, helps transport the sugar into cells in which it is used for energy. When there is excess sugar in the blood, the insulin stimulates the liver to store this sugar to be used at a later time.
The new discovery made by Australian scientists solved the puzzle of how insulin binds to cell receptors to allow sugar to enter cells. In other words how insulin facilitates the uptake of sugar from the blood to the cells.
Understanding this process is good news for diabetics, as it could lead the way to a whole new generation of diabetic medication, without needle use. Needles, although an effective way of delivering insulin via sub cutaneous injection, do carry an increased risk of infection, skin damage and environmental hazards when compared to oral medication.