Plant-Based Diets 'Effective for Type 2 Diabetes Management' Says American Diabetes Association

The organization highlights 'nutrient-dense, high quality foods' as key in managing the condition.
Dr. Neal Barnard's organization PCRM spoke about the American Diabetes Association's assertion

The American Diabetes Association has maintained that a plant-based eating pattern is an effective option for type 2 diabetes management in its 2018 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes.

It highlights 'nutrient-dense, high quality foods' as key in managing the condition.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine [PCRM] - led by Dr. Neal Barnard - wrote about the assertion, saying the Diabetes Association also 'encourages clinicians to always include education on lifestyle management'

Nutritional therapy

According to the 2018  Standards of Medical Care guide: "Nutrition therapy has an integral role in overall diabetes management, and each person with diabetes should be actively engaged in education, self-management, and treatment planning with his or her health care team, including the collaborative development of an individualized eating plan.

"All individuals with diabetes should receive individualized medical nutrition therapy [MNT], preferably provided by a registered dietitian who is knowledgeable and skilled in providing diabetes-specific MNT. 

"MNT delivered by a registered dietitian is associated with A1C decreases of 0.3–1 percent for people with type 1 diabetes (38–40) and 0.5–2 percent for people with type 2 diabetes.

"Emphasis should be on healthful eating patterns containing nutrient-dense, high quality foods with less focus on specific nutrients. The Mediterranean, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, and plant-based diets are all examples of healthful eating patterns." 


Dr. Neal Barnard talks about diabetes


The PCRM, led by top physician Dr. Neal Barnard, has long contended a whole food plant-based diet can prevent, manage - and even reverse - type 2 diabetes.

According to the organization: "Diet changes are the cornerstone to treating type 2 diabetes. 

"Current diet recommendations require restricting portion sizes, measuring and weighing foods, and limiting the total amount of carbohydrate. 

"However, evidence suggests that a different dietary approach may be more effective and easier to follow...The first step is to avoid animal-derived products."

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