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3 years ago  ::  Feb 25, 2012 - 12:36PM #5
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Dr. Neal Barnard has excellent resources on how to use a vegan diet to improve your diabetes control.  He has a DVD called "A New Approach to Nutrition for Diabetes" and his book is Dr Neal Barnard's Program For Reversing Diabetes.  His advice is not for everyone, but for those who wish to adhere to a vegan regimen, it can be very helpful.


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3 years ago  ::  Feb 17, 2012 - 12:01AM #4
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I have an appointment with a RD/CDE to discuss things and I am also doing a lot of research on my own. Sometimes I make doctors crazy because of all the research I do, LOL! My plan is to transition slowly because I have a lot of food in the house to be used up. I figure if I give up an item when it's gone it will be an easier adjustment than everything at once. In the end if I decide I can't give up everything then I'll have learned what I can live without and what I can't. It's possible I may only become vegetarian, but time will tell.   

3 years ago  ::  Feb 16, 2012 - 8:19PM #3
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DEF work with a nutritionist or dietician. goiing vegan can be a big lifestyle change. You need education to know how to make sure you are getting complete protiens (as most non animal sources are partial protiens) Also it's important for women, particularly in some stages in life, to understand the effects of soy in diet, as that is a popular part of a vegan diet. 

3 years ago  ::  Feb 16, 2012 - 3:37PM #2
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Hi Heidi. I think it's great that you are looking for ways to become healthier. Although I'm not a vegan, my sister is a vegetarian — I know she is extra careful to make sure she is getting all of the nutrients she needs from a balanced diet that does not include meat. Have you ever considered working with a registered dietitian or a certified diabetes educator? He or she will be able to help you develop an individualized plan that will help you meet all of your goals for diabetes control and overall health. Here is a dLife article about working with a RD/CDE. Keep us posted!

3 years ago  ::  Feb 15, 2012 - 10:29PM #1
Posts: 191
Just wondering if anyone here is vegan and if they feel it had any impact on their diabetes? I'm considering making the change, but not because of being diabetic, just as an overall goal to be healthier.
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