Vegetarianism? Diabetes? How about both?

Vegging Out

A vegetarian diet can be compatible with diabetes if you work out a food plan with a registered dietitian experienced in both.

Talk with your RD about:


Protein. Get adequate protein—approximately 20% of daily calorie intake—in the form of soy, nuts, and beans.

Carb control. Keep an eye on your intake of starchy vegetables like potatoes and corn.

Staying balanced. An animal-free diet is not automatically good for your or your diabetes. You still need to limit the sweets and junk food, and make sure the whole foods you choose provide adequate vitamins and minerals.

Multivitamins. All vegetarians should ask their dietitian if they are a good candidate for a multivitamin supplement.

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by Brenda Bell
Years before I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, The Other Half came out of a doctor's appointment with a diagnosis of "borderline diabetes" and an ADA exchange diet sheet. His health insurance agency followed up on the diagnosis with a glucometer and test strips. After a year or so of trying to follow the diet plan and test his glucose levels, things appeared to be back in "normal" range, and stood there until a couple of years after my own diagnosis. Shortly...
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