Essay Diabetes : A Healthy Whole Food Plant Based Diet

1367 Words Dec 11th, 2016 6 Pages
More than 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes. Diabetes is a condition in which the body does not make or correctly use the hormone insulin. Without insulin, sugar can’t get into the cells where it’s needed in the body. Instead, it stays in the blood, causing blood sugar to rise. Aside from affecting the person’s blood sugar, diabetes also can cause digestive issues, cardiovascular problems, skin and eye conditions, and nerve damage. Many people with diabetes are taking medication to maintain their blood sugar and overall health. Most of these medications have many undesirable effects such as gastrointestinal problems, bloating and swelling, and some of the medications can even cause blood sugar crashes. Although the medications are effective a healthy whole-food plant-based diet can also help maintain health problems associated with diabetes. The foods in a plant-based diet are nutrient dense and supply the body with materials it needs to function properly without the adverse effects of the medications commonly prescribed to by diabetics.

A percentage of people with diabetes tend to be overweight and some of them make poor diet choices. These poor diet choices can sometimes decrease insulin sensitivity; thus, insulin may not be as effective in their body or their body may not produce enough for the person based on their size. Most of the time medical intervention is required and a diabetic person may be prescribed insulin for injection or some oral…

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