Avatar universal

Diabetes Prevention - Vegan, but Italian

Hi, I hope I am asking this in the right place. I am a female in my mid-twenties, and diabetes and breat cancer both run in my family on my sides. I am italian, so pasta is a staple food for me. Also, I am vegan and have been for 16 years. I have read online that cutting out carbs is important for diabetes prevention, but carbs are a large part of my diet and I am pretty skinny already, so whenever I try to cut out carbs or cut down on carbs, I end up getting sick. Maybe it is coincidence, but I feel like it significantly impacts my immune system when I don't eat carbs. What should I do? I really do not want to provide an environment that would encourage diabetes, since it is in my genetics, and I have seen my dad and grandparents have to struggle with it. Also, please don't answer if you are going to suggest to eat meat, because that is not an option I would consider. Thank you for an feedback!
2 Responses
Sort by: Helpful Oldest Newest
973741 tn?1342342773
I think that you are aware is terrific.  You sound to have a healthy diet over all.    You are a healthy weight, I take it?  So, another way of controlling diabetes is the DASH diet.  These things are involved:     Boost your intake of vegetables and fresh fruit.     Eat more low-fat dairy products and beans.      Choose whole grains more often.      Choose fish, poultry, and lean meat instead of fatty red meat or processed meat.      Reduce the amount of sweets you have.  So, assuming you will still have carbs, these things can be managed and still be considered a good diet for preventing diabetes.  
Helpful - 0
207091 tn?1337709493
Your body needs carbs. They are an important part of how your body gets energy.

Since pasta is a big part of your diet, try balancing it with protein. Go for the whole grains.

It might be a good idea to meet with a nutritionist (make sure they are properly licensed for where you live) since you have the family history of diabetes, and you are vegan, to make sure you're getting everything you need.

Here's a decent article for you about carbs - https://www.health.harvard.edu/diet-and-weight-loss/carbohydrates--good-or-bad-for-you

Helpful - 0
Have an Answer?

You are reading content posted in the Diabetes Prevention & Pre-Diabetes Community

Top Diabetes Answerers
231441 tn?1333892766
Manila, Philippines
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Here are three summertime recipes that will satisfy your hunger without wreaking havoc on your blood sugar.
If you have prediabetes, type 2 diabetes isn’t inevitable. Find out how you can stop diabetes before it starts.
Diabetes-friendly recipes and tips for your game day party.
Are there grounds to recommend coffee consumption? Recent studies perk interest.
Simple ways to keep your blood sugar in check.
8 blood sugar-safe eats.