The protection of plant-based diets against diabetes appears to extend beyond weight control.
The American Diabetes Association diet head-to-head against a vegan diet.
That’s about what an interventional study found last year. Put overweight meateaters on essentially a vegan diet and they start out at an average of 221 pounds and lose about 25 pounds a year ending up at 168 after two years, an average of 53 pounds of sustained weight loss.
So eating veg can counteract the forces that lead to obesity and diabetes, though only the vegans were really in the optimal range. Inclusion of even tiny amounts of meat (including fish) in the diet—less than a single serving a week, and you lose a lot of that veg protection.
So given the healthy weights of most vegan, it’s no surprise that they have just a fraction of the diabetes risk, but the researchers did find something that simply blew their minds. Even after controlling for weight, and exercise, and even how much TV they watched, those eating vegan still had half the diabetes risk. So at the exact same weight, the vegan diet has something that just cuts our risk in half. So even obese are vegans are still protected.
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It has since come to my attention that the data was miscalculated in the Sarter, et al. study. The correct value evidently is 37.6 pounds, not 53.
Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out theprequel on body mass differences by diet. Also, there are 1,449 other subjectscovered in the rest of my videos--please feel free to explore them as well!
Also, for more context please check out my associated blog posts: Paula Deen: diabetes drug spokesperson, Preserving Vision Through Diet, Preventing and Treating Kidney Failure With Diet, Plant-Based Diets for Fibromyalgia, and Cinnamon for Diabetes
The first study of thousands of vegans is released. It compares their body mass index to that of vegetarians, flexitarians, and omnivores.
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