Washington: Veggie diet is better than medicines when it comes to treating Type 2 diabetes, says a new study.
According to the George Washington University researchers, a healthy vegetable-based diet could notably boost blood sugar levels and study's author Dr Neal Barnard said that "no drug came close to offering those with diabetes this kind of relief," the Daily Express reported.
He added that their analysis showed that a simple prescription could help reverse diabetes, improve blood sugar, and lower weight, blood pressure and cholesterol in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes and improved insulin sensitivity.
The researchers said that the veggie and vegan diets are good for heart, hypertension, body weight, and plasma lipids, and also provide nutritional advantages compared with omnivorous diets, and though further studies were needed, it could be an "alternative treatment for Type 2 diabetes".
Tracy Kelly, head of clinical care at Diabetes UK, said that the data didn't suggest that everyone should adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet, however increasing intake of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and pulses and eating less saturated fat did have its benefits.
People are recommended to maintain a healthy weight through balanced eating which contains all the food groups and was low in -saturated fat, and physical activity, she added.
The findings are published in the journal Cardiovascular Diagnosis And Therapy.