Interesting bit in Sally Squires’ column in the Washington Post yesterday. Seems researchers are examining the effect of a vegan diet on Type 2 diabetes control.
Dean Ornish, famous for his work in helping reverse arterial blockages in heart disease, has published one study that shows diets rich in whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables – healthy carbohydrates, in other words – helped some folks cut insulin and other medications as well as improve blood cholesterol levels. The National Institutes of Health has another study going that’s looking at a similar dietary regimen and coming up with similar results.
The interesting thing, of course, is that this flys directly in the face of current thinking that says diabetes control requires limited carbohydrate intake. It appears that in the right circumstances, which includes the right carbohydrates and apparently other foods, carbohydrates aren’t a problem for Type 2 diabetes.
Trouble is, a vegan diet is extremely hard to follow. Which makes this interesting news, but something that probably won’t ultimately mean much to the millions of folks struggling to prevent or control this disease.
There is something that’s a lot easier to implement. It’s called a healthy lifestyle. As we all know, even that is a challenge on a daily basis. Still, it’s middle of the road compared to a vegan diet.