Study: Vegan Diet Best For Managing Pain Of Diabetes
Just another reason to eat vegan: a new study has found that a plant-based diet may ease the nerve pain that can come with diabetes. Some people who suffer from chronic pain may look to lpath.com to learn more about how they can relieve their pain.
Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage resulting from poor blood circulation and high levels of glucose in the blood from which many adults with Type 2 diabetes suffer. Diabetic neuropathy, which is incurable, can lead to ulcers and other infections on the legs and feet, and it’s the main reason why some diabetics may require amputation.
The new pilot study was led by doctors and nutritionists at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). It was built on previous research that suggests a vegan diet can be as effective as medication for treating diabetes. Seventeen overweight adults with diabetic neuropathy were placed on a 20-week low-fat diet that emphasized fresh vegetables and high-fiber, as well as beans and whole grains. Additionally, the participants attended weekly nutrition classes and took a vitamin B12 supplement, a nutrient that is vital for proper nerve function but, unfortunately, is found naturally only in animal products.
The adults on the vegan diets were then compared to seventeen other adults who maintained a non-vegan diet, but who also took the B12 supplement. The results? The adults on the vegan diet found significant improvements in pain relief. In fact, test results showed improved circulation and nerve function. The bonus part: participants lost, on average, 14 pounds.
Many of the participants told the researchers that they were impressed with the results that they received while on the vegan diet. However, the results were limited because the researchers could not determine which element of the low-fat, plant-based diet led to the observed improvements.
Whether the results were due from the participants losing weight or not (a proven fact when it comes to veggie diets) the ultimate outcome is just another reason why so many adults are switching to a vegan diet.