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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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2014-04-15 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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