An epidemic of Type 2 diabetes, formerly known as mature onset diabetes, has developed in children and adolescents. Pediatric Type 2 diabetes follows the obesity epidemic in young people. A rigid low-fat diet is frequently prescribed for obese teens who often have difficulty following this type of eating plan. According to the scientists at Monash University and the University of Queensland in Australia, either a low-carbohydrate diet plan or a low-fat eating plan is suitable for adolescents who need to lose weight. Their findings are reported on in the online journal PLOS ONE in March 2016. They randomly assigned 87 obese adolescents to either one of two structured diets or their usual eating habits. The low-carbohydrate diet contained... 35 percent of its calories in the form of carbohydrates, 30 percent in protein, and 35 percent in fat. The low-fat diet consisted of... 55 percent carbohydrate calories, 20 percent protein, and 25 percent fat. After 12 weeks both prescribed diet plans brought about improvements in the participants. Body mass indexes were lower in both interventional groups compared with the panel of adolescents eating as usual. Both interventional groups showed the same improvements in their body mass index (BMI) and metabolism. The researchers decided a structured eating system with flexible but limited food choices could work well in either the low-carbohydrate or low-fat diet plans. Vegetarian and vegan diets are the best eating plans for preventing or treating Type 2 diabetes in adults or children. Although fruits and grains are frequently high in carbs, many vegetables and nuts have low amounts. Among high-carbohydrate foods, those with high amounts of fiber slows down carbohydrate absorption, which makes them a better choice than "white carbs" or highly processed foods such as white bread. Vegangela.com offers a low-carb recipe for kale salad with creamy lemon tahini dressing. It calls for... kale or a blend of greens, cucumber, avocados diced, tomatoes diced, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), hemp seeds or other seeds such as sunflower or pumpkin, tahini, lemon juiced garlic cloves minced salt and pepper to taste. Mushrooms and spinach are two low-carb vegetables. Toriavey.com has instructions on making a mushroom, spinach, and chickpea sauté. It calls for... olive oil white mushrooms, crushed red pepper flakes, dried basil, paprika, crushed garlic, chickpeas/garbanzo beans, water, spinach or baby kale, salt and black pepper to taste, 2 tbsp roasted sunflower salted seeds Many other low-carb vegan recipes can be found on the internet or in vegan cookbooks. Bon appétit. Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets. For nearly 25 years, Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body. Go to http://DrugFreeType2Diabetes.com to learn about some of those secrets.