Type 2 Diabetes – Should Diabetics Become Vegetarian? – There are so many rules concerning what people with Type 2 diabetes should, and should not, eat. But there is one question that continues to come up, and that is whether or not a Type 2 diabetic can be a vegetarian. While there are some areas that need to be considered, it is a viable choice.
A total vegetarian diet can be high in carbohydrates: this would then make normal blood sugar levels harder to achieve for some. If you do choose to eat this way for whatever reason, make sure you plan your meals carefully to keep your carbohydrates in check.
Recent studies have shown people who consume red meat increase their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. It seems this is especially true for women. This is due to the high concentration of saturated fats which can be reduced by eating lean meat… but not eliminated. This type of fat subsequently raises your body’s level of LDL, or the so-called “bad”cholesterol.
Digestion: Red meat also brings another problem: digestion. Red meat stays in your digestive tract for up to two weeks before it is completely processed. During this time, it is basically rotting inside you. This opens the door for a multitude of different medical conditions. Red meat has been linked to everything from diverticulitis to cancer.
Processed Meats: Another problem meat eaters bring on themselves is eating processed meats. While red meat is not good for you, processed meats are much, much worse. Processed means the finished product contains many ingredients which we would normally not consider consuming on their own, and it also means another hidden danger… salt. Lots of it. This significantly raises an individual’s likelihood of developing:
heart disease, and
high blood pressure.
Too Much Protein: An additional problem many meat eaters have is they can easily consume too much protein. Even though many people are not aware of it, it is quite possible to have too much protein in your diet. Not only that, but it is can also be very dangerous.
Consuming too much protein causes a great deal of unnecessary wear and tear on many parts of your body. Major organs, which are not really designed for massive amounts of protein are put to the test, and often lash out by becoming “sick” themselves.
High Calorie Count: Protein also carries a much higher concentration of calories than many other food groups. Unlike fruits and vegetables, meat is packed with calories… including meats which are lean-cut. Even if you primarily stayed away from red meat, there are still calories to consider.
Being a Type 2 diabetic does not mean you have to become a vegetarian in order to remain healthy… but there are many positive aspects of a vegetarian lifestyle that should be considered. Not only can they help you keep:
your fat intake, and
your cholesterol down,
but they can also contribute to keeping your Type 2 diabetes under control… or even at bay