Eating a plant-based diet lowers diabetes risk, says researchers at Harvard’s School of Public Health in Boston. Diets and health status were compared for more than 20 years in more than 200,000 men and women in the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Results showed that people who closely followed a plant-based diet low in animal-based foods had a 20% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes compared to those who ate more animal-based foods (i.e., meat, processed meats, dairy, eggs, poultry, etc). The healthier the food choices, such as colorful fruits and vegetables, nuts, legumes, and whole grains, the lower the risk, reducing it by 66%. Even a modest reduction in animal-based foods lowered diabetes risk.
Satija A, Bhupathiraju S, Rimm E, et al: Plant-based dietary patterns and incidence of type 2 diabetes in US men and women. PLoS Medicine 2016; June 14th.