Not long ago, people who were vegan or vegetarian were pretty often mocked by others for being ‘malnourished’ or ‘hippies’. In the past 5-10 years, many researchers are seeing that plant-based diets are not only as nourishing as traditional diets, but that they may even be better for you.
That indeed is the case for diabetics, who when implementing a plant-based diet could experience more significant weight loss and improvements in glucose and symptom control. And in one study at the University of London, they even saw that diabetics experienced an improved sense of wellbeing and quality of life. (1)
The findings showed that the physical and emotional quality of life improved, and depressive symptoms were lifted. In addition to this, symptoms of neuropathy improved.
Neuropathy, or peripheral neuropathy, is a result of damage to your peripheral nerves and it often causes weakness, numbness, and pain, usually in your hands and feet.
Your peripheral nervous system sends information from your brain to your spinal cord to the rest of your body.
Many people describe the pain as a stabbing, burning or tingling feeling. (2)
Even moving to a more plant-based, or ‘flexitarian’ diet, that relies less on meat could yield many health benefits.
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