The protection of plant-based diets against diabetes appears to extend beyond weight control.
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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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