Changing the way you eat can greatly impact how you manage your diabetes. For example, eating a healthy plant-based diet can improve insulin production. It can even prevent major complications from diabetes as well.

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The food that we eat plays a big role in our health. For people with diabetes, a healthy diet is very important in helping improve their condition. Eating well can help you feel good, have more energy, and stay at a healthy weight. It can also prevent or delay problems from diabetes. A good diet is a great way to keep blood sugar level, blood pressure, and cholesterol in a healthy range. Diabetes is on the rise, especially among Latinos. The American Diabetes Association says that 114 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes today. Food choices such as fast food, meats, animal fats, processed foods, and sugary drinks could play a big role in the rising rates of type 2 diabetes in America and worldwide. However, a healthy diet with lots of plant foods can be very effective in preventing and treating type 2 diabetes.

A 2019 study shows that eating a plant-based (or Vegan) diet can improve insulin secretion and hormones for people with type 2 diabetes. A plant-based diet is made up of vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. Moreover, it discourages people from eating animal products. Recently, there have been many studies that show the benefits of eating a plant-based diet for people with diabetes. Additionally, some studies have shown how plant-based diets can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

In conclusion, this study’s author believes that a plant-based diet should be one of the first treatments offered for people with diabetes. “With diabetes rates rising, this study offers hope that a solution could be close at hand: the food on our plates,” said Hana Kahleova, Director of Clinical Research at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The food we choose to eat can be one of our first lines of defense in managing, and even improving, diabetes.

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