Plant-Based Diets Better for T2D Than Several Official Diabetes Guidelines

Significant improvements observed in emotional and physical well-being, depression, quality of life, HbA1c.
Significant improvements observed in emotional and physical well-being, depression, quality of life, HbA1c.

HealthDay News — For adults with type 2 diabetes, plant-based diets can improve psychological health, quality of life, hemoglobin A1c levels, and weight, according to a review published online October 30 in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care.

Anastasios Toumpanakis, from the University of London, and colleagues conducted a systematic review to analyze plant-based diet interventions targeting diabetes in adults and to define the benefits of such interventions. Data were included for 11 studies with 433 participants. 

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The researchers found that, compared with several diabetes associations' official guidelines and other comparator diets, plant-based diets were correlated with significant improvements in emotional well-being, physical well-being, depression, quality of life, general health, hemoglobin A1c levels, weight, total cholesterol, and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.

"There is further need of studies to explore the relationship between psychological health, dietary patterns/behavior and diabetes control," the authors write. "Future studies could explore ways of delivering proper nutritional education in order to support participants to follow healthier dietary patterns."

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