Best Diabetes Diets
Diet is a crucial tool for managing diabetes, and weight loss can help people who are overweight prevent type 2 diabetes. The experts who rated the 29 diets below evaluated each one on its ability to both prevent and manage diabetes. The Biggest Loser Diet and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH), an eating plan endorsed by the government, came out on top.
The diet has the potential to prevent or control diabetes, according to the experts. Being overweight is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, and Volumetrics can help you lose weight and keep it off, tilting the odds in your favor.
Our expert panel put Slim-Fast near the middle of the pack when looking for a diet to counter diabetes. To the extent it helps dieters drop pounds, as evidence suggests it does, it should improve the health of diabetics and those at risk of developing diabetes.
There is no strong evidence that following the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet will help prevent or control diabetes, but the experts felt that it could have a positive effect. Their ratings put it in a three-way tie with Slim-Fast and the Traditional Asian Diet.
The Asian diet is an average choice to prevent or manage diabetes. To the extent that it helps dieters drop pounds, it should improve the health of diabetics and those at risk of developing diabetes.
The macrobiotic diet received a slightly above-average score, indicating moderate effectiveness in the experts’ judgment as a diabetes plan. But that’s if you can stay on the diet, and its score in how easy it is to follow indicates that the experts didn’t think many can. Still, if the plan helps you drop weight and keep it off, you’ll likely tilt the odds in your favor.
Preventing and controlling diabetes isn’t the strongest suit for Weight Watchers, which earned its lowest score, just above average, in this category. The experts said there’s no good evidence that the program staves off or blunts the chronic disease. Nevertheless, Weight Watchers’ effectiveness as a weight-loss diet could work for diabetes prevention and management as well.
Being overweight is a risk factor for diabetes, so any diet that helps shed pounds could also help ward off the chronic disease. Those who sign up for the program’s Jenny Craig Type 2 track will work with a counselor who is knowledgeable about the disease and can help customize the plan. Still, the diet did not impress experts who rated it as a regimen for preventing and controlling diabetes. Their scores put Jenny Craig behind many competitors.
This diet pulled in a below-average score in the diabetes category. Some research suggests that monounsaturated fatty acids, which the plan emphasizes, help stabilize blood sugar levels and control insulin. Still, experts weren’t convinced, and agreed that more clinical evaluation is needed.
The experts concluded that it’s not a strong option for preventing or managing diabetes, giving it 2.7 out of 5 stars. No research has studied the effect of the diet on the disease. Still, benefits claimed for some of the “Powerfoods” identified by the program are backed up by studies that suggest they may protect against diabetes.
Even though the glycemic-index diet was specifically developed with the goal of helping diabetics control their blood-sugar levels, the experts who rated it for U.S. News largely didn’t see it as an appealing option for preventing and controlling the condition.