Which 5 diets are best for your diabetes patients out of the 35 ranked most popular by US News & World Report health experts?
In its 10th year of ranking the best diets, US News & World Report has parsed the data and expert opinion on 35 plans. Below we summarize the publication's Top 5 Diabetes Diets, showing how they rank on a scale of 0 to 5 stars overall and on: Managing/preventing diabetesÂ *Â Ease of followingÂ * Heart-healthy profileÂ *Â Long-term weight lossÂ *Â NutrtionÂ *Â SafetyÂ *Â Short-term weight loss.Â
#1. The Mediterranean Diet. The popular diet is low in red meat, sugar, and saturated fat, high in produce, nuts, grains, olive oil and fish. In addition to a healthy regimen for patient with diabetes, it was also ranked #1 in Best Plant-based Diets and and #2 in Best Heart-healthy diets.
#2. The DASH Diet, aka Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, is promoted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and was designed to prevent hypertension. The focus is on foods high in nutrients that work against high blood pressure, eg, potassium, calcium, protein, and fiber. The food plan sets a daily sodium limit at 2300 mg/day with a target of 1500 mg for those who stick to it. DASH was also ranked #1 in Best Diets for Healthy Eating.
#2 (tie). The Flexitarian Diet. The Flexitarian approach to eating combines vegetarian food choices with a flexible approach to meat consumption. It suggests adding a food group called "new meat" when meal planning to include non-meat proteins such as eggs, beans, and peas. As a weight-loss plan it maxes at approximately 1500 cals/day. It also tied for 2nd place as Best Plant-based Diet and was ranked #2 in Easiest Diets to Follow.
#2 (tie). The Mayo Clinic Diet. This diet was developed to help individuals lose weight by recalibrating eating habits and other lifestyle choices. The Mayo Clinic'sunique food pyramid guides selection and emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and whole grains - foods with low energy density. Following the diet, individuals are expected to lose 6 to 10 lbs in 2 weeks and continue dropping 1 to 2 lbs until goal weight is reached.
#2 (tie). The Vegan Diet. No meat, no dairy, no margarine made with whey. The recommended daily food plan for vegans aims for 6 servings of grains; 5 servings of legumes, nuts and other types of protein, such as peanut butter, chickpeas, tofu, potatoes and a plant-based milk; and 4 daily servings of veggies, 2 of fruit and 2 servings of healthy fats such as sesame oil, avocado and coconut. This regimen was also ranked #2 in Best Weight-loss Diets.