Plant-Based Diet Promoted as Best Way to Manage Type 2 Diabetes

Currently 4.5 million people in the U.K. and 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and 15 percent of deaths worldwide are attributed to the disease. And according to the International Diabetes Federation, the disease will affect approximately 642 million people by 2040.

Research has found that a plant-based diet including fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and seeds is associated with a significantly lower risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Eight clinical trials conducted between 1999 and 2017 compared a plant-based diet with other diet types and assessed the impact of a vegan diet. Six of these trials involved informing patients about optimal nutrition to help them understand the benefits of a plant-based diet.

EurekAlert reports:
Average (HbA1c) and fasting blood glucose levels fell more sharply in those who cut out or ate very few animal products and these participants lost nearly twice as much weight: 5.23 kg vs 2.83 kg. The fall in blood fats—a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease—was also greater in those on plant based/vegan diets.
The findings also suggest that a plant-based diet may slow progressive nerve damage associated with diabetes. Six of the studies reviewed showed those on a vegan diet were able to decrease or discontinue drugs they were prescribed for their diabetes and associated conditions like high blood pressure.

But this is nothing new—other research has linked animal products to diabetes as well. In its 2018 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes, the American Diabetes Association identified a vegan diet as a way to mitigate the onset and effects of Type 2 diabetes. A Harvard School of Public Health study reported that even minimal consumption of red or processed meat significantly increases the chance of Type 2 diabetes.

People living with diabetes can use this knowledge to increase their overall well-being. Last year, Brooklyn borough president Eric L. Adams reported that he had lost 30 pounds and completely reversed his Type 2 diabetes after switching to a vegan diet.

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