Some research shows, the followers of vegetarianism (avoid foods from animals) have a reduced risk of death. For example, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and cancer. What about the risk of developing diabetes? Dr. Dr. Aris Wibudi, Sp PD, KEMD, said that being a follower of vegetarianism does not guarantee that a person is free from diabetes mellitus.
“What must be considered is how much we consume carbohydrates. Indians alone are many who become vegetarians who have high diabetes rates because they still consume rice,” he explained. In the body, all carbohydrates that are digested and eventually absorbed circulate in the blood as sugar or glucose. The simpler the carbon chain of a carbohydrate, the faster it is converted into sugar.
Therefore, to compensate, Dr. Aris recommends consuming carbohydrates along with foods that have a low glycemic load, namely high fiber foods. “The composition in one plate should consist of 1/4 rice, 1/4 fiber, and 1/4 protein,” he explained. Research shows that vegetarians can be healthier and have a longer lifespan given that vegetarianism is often accompanied by other healthy lifestyles, such as not smoking, regular exercise, and not consuming alcohol.