In the previous blog, we shared with you the multiple advantages of a vegan diet for people who are battling with Diabetes. It is quite exciting and relaxing both at the same time to know that a change in dietary habits can actually help reduce the impact of such a challenging disease to great extents.
But nothing that is rewarding comes without a cost.
You must be aware of certain challenges a vegan diet brings along before you decide to go for it.
To ensure you’re doing it in the best way possible for your optimal health, you should definitely seek professional guidance, both at the outset and along the way.
Read on to know about the disadvantages of a vegan diet when suffering from diabetes.
A radical change
Body might heavily resist a sudden change in food inputs and the new diet plan can easily back fire. A well-thought decision is a must and transition should be slowly brought into the action. Diabetes compromises the over-all strength of the body and a sudden jolt to the eating regime might not go well along.
Risk of low protein intake
Since you won’t be eating meat or dairy, it’s important to consume enough protein and some healthy fats, to maintain a healthy weight and overall physical well-being. Specially those who are athletic and above 85 years of age require more protein than others so in this case a vegan diet might not suffice. Any diet that you take must add to the cumulative well-being of your body and not force you to go for supplements when you are already suffering from Diabetes.
Potential interference with existing medical conditions
If you have a condition such as osteoporosis along with diabetes, a vegan diet might not be the best option for you. Also, there could be other health complications that might aggravate on stopping the consumption of foods that a vegan diet does not include.
Loss of essential vitamins and minerals
As a patient of Diabetes, this is the last thing you would want to happen to you. A state where your body is already impaired as far as hormonal balance is concerned, loss of vitamins and minerals will only add to the misery. Unfortunately, a diet that excludes all animal products does have some nutritional deficiencies. Evidently, vegan diets do not contain vitamin B12, an essential nutrient. They may be low in calcium and vitamin D as well.
The Bottom Line
Always remember that a vegan diet in itself can’t guarantee your good health.
There are multiple factors that affect Diabetes, including poor sleeping habits and lack of exercise. You also shouldn’t forget that some of the main vegan foods (legumes in particular) are high on carbohydrates. You’ll have to control your intake of them properly to prevent spikes in blood sugar.
Get in touch with one of our medical practitioners before the abnormal sugar level takes you over completely. Our highly trained diabetes experts will devise a regimented and customised diet plan according to your present combined health state. You deserve a sweet life, we will help you defeat Diabetes!