A recent study conducted by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, lead by Dr. Neal Barnard suggests that a low-fat vegan diet may help people with type 2 diabetes, reduce the discomfort and physical pain related to the condition.
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Most patients with type 2 diabetes will develop peripheral diabetic neuropathy. Individuals with this condition may feel burning, pain and numbness in their body’s extremities.
This often debilitating condition has limited available treatments. This is where the scientists in the research involved based their study. A low-fat plant-based diet has been shown to improve glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes. Therefore, it might also reduce the painful symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.
How Vegan Diet Helps
The study involved 35 adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, where all of the participants suffered from diabetic neuropathy. Almost half of the participants were asked to go on a low-fat vegan diet. The diet consisted of fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains and and B12 supplements over a 20 week period. The participants were asked to refrain from eating meat of any kind and their progress were monitored each week.
The other half of the group, on the other hand, were given B12 supplements, and continued with their typical diet.
The group on the low-fat vegan diet lost weight, with an average of about 15 pounds. The other group, which kept to their normal diet, just loss weight of one pound on average.
But the research also revealed that the participants on the low-fat vegan diet reported feeling better, that includes feeling less pain. Nerve tests also supported these claims, suggesting that the unique diet helped slow nerve function decline.
The results of the test and study conducted were promising, but the head of the team acknowledges that the study group was very small. They hope that larger studies that will investigate the link between diet and diabetes pain will soon arise.
Also the research concluded that, by setting aside oily and animal products, you can become healthier, and most importantly, pain can be reduce and even go away.