‘Vegan diet is controlling my diabetes’
A YOUNG man from Kettering diagnosed as suffering from type 2 diabetes claims a vegan diet is easing his condition and prolonging his life.
Kirat Pawar was diagnosed with the killer disease just before his A-level exams earlier this year and was told he would be diabetic for the rest of his life.
However, after choosing to become a vegan for personal reasons, the 20-year-old noticed he was able to control his insulin levels.
Kirat said: “My diabetes is under my control now. As diabetes runs in my family, it’s harder to be ‘cured’ of it, but my doctor said that my dietary changes have prolonged my life without the disease.
“Continuing the vegan diet will only help prolong my life without diabetes further and help me to become a healthier person in general. Veganism is definitely the right way to control diabetes as it is healthy, in both physical and mental ways.
“I didn’t know becoming a vegan would actually help to control my condition, as I made the transition due to a spiritual choice. Now I definitely think that if there are people who are willing to control diabetes and feel good at the same time, veganism is the best option.
Kirat – who attended Kettering Science Academy for sixth form – was diagnosed in June this year after a trip to the doctor’s to get a urination problem looked at resulted in his GP discovering his condition.
Diabetes played havoc with Kirat’s life, often restricting him from eating certain foods with his friends. However, after making the transition to vegan life, he no longer has to worry about his sugar intake.
Kirat’s sugar intake levels were previously very high, but he instantly replaced his sugars with sugarfree equivalents upon diagnosis.
He added: “I didn’t really pay much attention to the amount of sugar I was consuming on a daily basis. Before my diagnosis, my sugar intake levels were very high. For example, I would add around three teaspoons of sugar into one cup of tea or coffee – and I had around three or four cups every day.
“After researching more into eating healthily after my diagnosis, I substituted my sugars with sugarfree equivalents.”
Despite it being thought of as a ‘mild condition’, more than 75,000 people die a year as a result of diabetes in the UK.
A vegan diet contains only plants, such as vegetables, grains and also nuts and fruits. Vegans don’t eat foods that come from animals, including dairy products and eggs, often as part of an ethical choice. However, in recent times, the vegan diet has been linked with better health and prolonging peoples lives.
Famous vegans include Apple founder Steve Jobs, famous Youtuber Jenna Marbles and singer Sia.
Despite there being no cure for diabetes, it is possible to manage and prevent the condition. Healthy diets, such as a vegan one, and exercising can often help diabetes sufferers to live longer.
Pictured above – DIETARY CHANGES: Kettering-based Kirat Pawar says becoming a vegan is the best option for diabetes sufferers like himself.