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Wed Jan 15 20:47:50 EST 2014

want to start vegen diet and need to know if safe...how to balance foods.who can I talk to.
Asked By: shortysmalls  
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have been type 2 diabetic for 8 yrs now and want to try a new diet. sugars are usually 118-144 in am and sometimes 133-150 at night depending what eat during day. sometimes can be below 120. haven't exercised so need something easy on joints since have arthritis and walking is getting boring. am afraid wont get nutrients I need so need all info can get
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2014-04-14 00:46:50.0

Dear shortysmalls,

Thank you for writing dLife!

A strict vegan diet is devoid of animal products, including meat, fish, dairy, and eggs.

While maintaining a healthy lifestyle on a vegan diet is possible, it is not right for everyone. At minimum, vegans must take a B12 supplement because this vitamin is exclusively found in animal products. Ensuring adequate B vitamin and iron intake is also of utmost importance, and a diet rich in varied fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is essential.

For guidance regarding the feasibility and safety of a vegan diet, you'll want to consult a registered dietitian who can evaluate your past medical history, your current health status, and your medications.

If a vegan diet is safe for you to try, you must commit to planning your meals and ensuring variety in your diet.

To find a registered dietitian near you click here.

Accreditations: MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN
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2014-06-10 18:08:22.0

I am a middle aged long term T2 diabetic and have been a vegetarian for many years and I LOVE IT!!! . My fasting glucose level stays around 95 - 105 with NO prescription drugs! I take some supplements such as Methyl B 12, Taurine, and a multi-vitamins that contains iron just for a little insurance. There is a lot of positive info online about the compatibility of diabetes and a vegan lifestyle. There's also a ton of vegan recipes online that will open a whole new world of healthy dietary options. A recipe that I recently found online is "Dr.Weil's Curried Cauliflower Soup". It was surprisingly tasty and filled with healthy totally vegan ingredients. Making homemade green drink out of fresh greens is also highly nutritious and won't spike glucose levels. I grow my own and pick them fresh. After washing them, I put them in my blender with purified water and enjoy! Plain tofu is a good source of a complete protein that is low in carbs and fat and it's also a good source of calcium. Since it's unflavored, it is very versatile. I like to make smoothies with it and it can be flavored in so many ways that I never get tired of it. Steel cut oats have a minimal impact on my glucose levels and they are also very filling. These are just a few ideas to help you get started. Good luck!
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2014-04-15 12:45:26.0

Shorty, You must be very careful when transitioning to a vegan diet. Just because a vegan diet has no animal products, doesn't necessarily mean it is healthier for you than a healthy diet that includes animal products, like the paleo diet. Remember, while fruits certainly qualify as vegan, they all contain large amounts of carbohydrates, and so, should be limited. Vegetables contain all the nutrients that fruits do but w/o the carbohydrate kicker. You must be careful with vegan protein sources as well. Nuts and beans are the primary vegan sources of protein, but both of these sources have significant amounts of carbohydrates as well. You might re-consider your vegan dietary choice once you know the facts.
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