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I have prednisone induced diabetes, and am currently back on a vegan lifestyle. Can you suggest a meal plan?

Q: I have prednisone induced diabetes, two weeks no prednisone, and back to vegan lifestyle. Have lost three pounds. I need a meal plan. I was a vegan for 20 yrs but was not diabetic. Endocrinologist is giving me 6 weeks to make a change. I start my exercise program today.

Congratulations on losing three pounds and making lifestyle changes. However, a vegan approach isn't advisable for people with diabetes because they are typically high in carbohydrates like wheat, other grains, and starchy vegetables, which raise blood sugar. Of course, if you don't want to eat animal products for religious or political reasons rather than health-related ones, this can be done, although it will take a lot of effort to meet all of your nutrient needs and keep your blood sugar within the healthy range. Make sure to include lots of healthy plant fats like avocado, coconut oil, and olive oil, and focus on nuts and seeds as your primary protein sources, along with small amounts of beans and legumes. Low-carb vegan and vegetarian  meal plans for those with diabetes can be found in the Eco Atkins Beginner's Guide and Cookbook:  Regardless of the eating plan you choose, it's It's best to test your blood sugar 1-2 hours after eating to see how many carbs you can handle.  I wish you the best of luck in getting your blood sugar under control.

Answered By dLife Expert: Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE

Certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian living in Southern California.

I have prednisone induced diabetes, and am currently back on a vegan lifestyle. Can you suggest a meal plan?
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