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A Vegan Diet Can Improve Overall Health In Employees With Diabetes

by Hanson Medical Systems

Diabetes affects well over twenty million people in the US today. People who suffer from diabetes often feel frustrated and inconvenienced when it comes to diet, exercise, and daily life.

There is a myriad of ways that individuals seek to help alleviate symptoms of their condition. Whether it be online research, health fairs, experimental meds, etc. An often overlooked solution is a change in diet.

How a Vegan Diet Can Help Your Employees With Diabetes

The Journal of Geriatric Cardiology shared a study that shows a wide range of improvements for individuals dealing with type 2 diabetes after switching to a vegan diet.

Experts that wrote the study continued to explain that vegetables are like a one-stop shop for your body’s natural health. Through a wealth of clinical trials, they have found that it improves the overall health of diabetes patients. HgA1c levels, fasting glucose, and fasting insulin all go down significantly when someone with diabetes changes their main sources of daily protein. In a similar study over 80% of patients had the burning neuropathy symptoms resolved when they switched to a plant-based diet.

Implementing Change for Your Employees with Diabetes

How do you implement this change? How can you help someone gain control of their disease? It all begins with the creation of change and putting measures in place to manage that change.

First off you must have health and wellness services in place to serve your corporate community as a whole, and increase employee wellness. Within these services, dietitians can help those with diabetes plan their diet in a practical way so that they can see change. Setting goals and helping plan meals will give the employee the tools they need to be successful.

Here are some simple ways to accomplish this

  • Getting rid of red meat consumption
  • Replacing foods with a vegetable counterpart
  • Trying new recipes or ingredients

A vegan diet can be a wonderful way to help diabetes. In general, it can and will improve anyone’s overall health and wellness. However, someone who is new to veganism should seek advice and help. If an inexperienced person is planning meals and food consumption on their own it can, in fact, be less healthy. Vitamin B12, an important nutrient can easily go by the wayside and not be consumed. The reason being is that B12 is not found in plant-based foods. However, it can be found in fermented type foods like tempeh, and algae. It is important to have a community wellness program in place so that individuals have access to experts on food and dieting.

Below are some key foods that can help give someone the nutrients they need to be successful:

  • Almonds
  • Kale
  • Quinoa
  • Blueberries
  • Spinach
  • Lentils
  • Sweet Potatoes

 

These are just a few suggestions to help someone with diabetes get going on the path to success as a vegan. Becoming a vegan is all about being patient, seeking healthcare consulting from an expert, and having a growing knowledge of how food interacts with overall physical health.

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