What to Eat Wednesday: Healing Diabetic Vegan Diet

New evidence shows a vegan diet could help alleviate peripheral neuropathyNerve damage and a loss of sensation in your extremities is, unfortunately, a very real possibility when you’re living with diabetes. But what if a change in diet could help stave off this unpleasant side effect? Would you try it?

According to a new study published in Nutrition & Diabetes, people who adopted a vegan diet (eating no animal products, including no eggs or dairy items like milk and cheese) saw an increase in blood flow over the course of the 20 week study. They also lost an average of 15 pounds during that time period.

Now, I’m not here to bash a vegan diet, I just think that the weight loss portion had more to do with improved blood flow than the lack of animal products being consumed. Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial to keeping your diabetes in control and keeping negative side effects at bay—I think any healthy, balanced diet—vegan or otherwise—will do the trick (which is why I love to share healthy recipes with all of you!)

If you put in the work, you can stay in control, which is why I also advocate regular visits with your Houston podiatrist for comprehensive foot exams (in addition to the daily checks you should be doing on your own at home.) If you haven’t had your foot examined by a professional in a while, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today!
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.