Diabetes runs rampant in my family, both immediate and distant relatives. It’s not just type 2 either, my mother and two brothers all have type 1. This was part of the reason that I went vegan, to do my best to prevent from getting diagnosed with diabetes. So far so good! (knock on wood)
Here’s a peer-reviewed article from The Diabetes Educator. I don’t think it’s accessible, so here’s the citation:
Trapp, C., Barnard, N., & Katcher, H. (2010). A Plant-Based Diet for Type 2 Diabetes Scientific Support and Practical Strategies. The Diabetes Educator,36(1), 33-48.
A Plant-Based Diet for Type 2 Diabetes
Scientific Support and Practical Strategies
Purpose: The purpose of this review is to provide educators with the knowledge and tools to utilize plant-based nutrition education as an intervention for type 2 diabetes. Scientific support for the efficacy, acceptability, and nutritional adequacy of a plant-based diet for people with type 2 diabetes is presented, and practical considerations such as medication adjustment and risk of hypoglycemia are reviewed.
Conclusions: Plant-based meal planning is an acceptable and effective strategy that educators can use to improve diabetes management and reduce risk of complications. Studies show that dietary changes that are effective for reducing cardiac risk may also be helpful for management of type 2 diabetes. A low-fat, plant-based diet reduces body weight and improves glycemic control, and has been shown to be remarkably well accepted by patients.
Full disclosure here: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (the first mentioned organization in the “From” section of the article) states that one of their priorities is, “Bringing nutrition into medical education and practice.” I’d like to think that the researchers and peer-reviewers of this article were unbiased, but you just never know. Being a journalist, it’s always important to be skeptical. Also, one of the doctors listed on the article is also the President of the Board of Directors for PCRM. I’m not sure if this is common practice, but it’s something to be aware of.