According to a June 2018 study posted by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, people with Type 2 diabetes significantly improved their overall health after a 20-week dietary intervention. Participants learned dietary management in a classroom setting along with other patients with diabetes while waiting in the office waiting rooms.
Weight, blood sugars, and cholesterol levels were the main factors that were measured. Patients showed significant improvement in these categories based on proper nutrition education and dietary changes. Although, it is important to note that the participants came into the study were generally well-controlled in their diabetic condition.
The diet changes that proved the most effective in the study include low-fat, vegan, and portion-controlled diets. Taking medication changes and intake into consideration, having a proper diet based on well-researched practices is highly beneficial for those with diabetes.
However, with the influx of facts and figures regarding health and lifestyle changes that people are exposed to, it is sometimes difficult for one to pinpoint the right kind of diet that is necessary and beneficial for each individual. This is why nutritional experts play such an important role in the health and wellness industry, especially for people with long-term conditions such as Type 2 diabetes.
Barnard, N. D., Levin, S. M., Gloede, L., & Flores, R. (2018). Turning the Waiting Room into a Classroom: Weekly Classes Using a Vegan or a Portion-Controlled Eating Plan Improve Diabetes Control in a Randomized Translational Study. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,118(6), 1072-1079. doi:10.1016/j.jand.2017.11.017