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The Best Diet Plans for Type 2 Diabetes

7. Ornish Diet/The Spectrum

Research shows that people who followed the Ornish Diet (which is essentially a vegetarian diet) for a year lost an average of 11 pounds, and many of them were able to lower their dosage of diabetes medication or switch from insulin to an oral drug.

The catch, however, is that this diet may be a little too restrictive for some people, which means it could be difficult to maintain if you’re not used to eating only plant-based foods.

"Most people aren't able to make a 180-degree turn," Brown-Riggs says. A more flexible version, called The Ornish Spectrum, might be easier to follow.

8. Weight Watchers

You count "points" instead of calories, you get group support, and nothing is off-limits. But since you can spend points on anything you want, it's possible to lose weight without making healthy choices (such as by eating too many processed foods).

"The primary emphasis of Weight Watchers is weight loss, and people with diabetes still have to be careful about how many carbohydrates they're eating in a particular meal," Brown-Riggs says. "You can absolutely follow it, but if you have diabetes you need to be aware that it's not all about the points."

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Reviewed on June 19, 2014

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