Plant-Based Diet May Help With Emotional and Physical Wellbeing of Diabetics
Diabetes is a growing problem worldwide. In addition to physical problems, many diabetics also suffer from emotional issues related to their illness. A recent study suggests that eating a plant-based diet may help boost mood and other health indicators in people with diabetes.
For this analysis, researchers examined the data from more than 1,200 articles. They chose 11, based on those that most accurately matched the search criteria. Ten of the studies were conducted since 2009 and one was conducted in 1999. The total number of participants was 433, split almost evenly between study and control groups. The mean size of the studies was 48 participants and the average length of study time was 28 weeks.
After reviewing the studies, the researchers found that plant-based diets were associated with significant improvement in emotional well-being, physical well-being, depression, quality of life, general health, HbA1c levels, weight, total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.
Participants following a plant-based diet also lost more weight than the control groups and had lower levels of diabetic nerve pain.
Researchers from the University of London, the University of Northampton, and East Sussex NHS Healthcare Trust — all in the UK — conducted the study. It was published on October 30, 2018, in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care.
If you decide to switch to a vegetarian or vegan diet, consult a nutritionist to make sure you’re getting all the proper nutrients. Many vegetarians and vegans choose to complement their diets with high quality supplements.