How to Prevent Diabetes

How to Prevent Diabetes
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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 meat-eaters 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, at the end of the study; 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 vegans, it’s no surprise that they have just a fraction of the diabetes risk. But the researchers did find something that 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 just has something that cuts our risk in half. So even obese vegans are still protected.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

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That’s about what an interventional study found last year: put overweight meat-eaters 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, at the end of the study; 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 vegans, it’s no surprise that they have just a fraction of the diabetes risk. But the researchers did find something that 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 just has something that cuts our risk in half. So even obese vegans are still protected.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Image thanks to cogdogblog via Flickr.

Nota del Doctor

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.

Check out these videos on diabetes and diet:
Plant-Based Diets and Diabetes
The Spillover Effect Links Obesity to Diabetes
How Avoiding Eggs Could Help You Avoid Diabetes
Bacon, Eggs, and Gestational Diabetes During Pregnancy
How to Prevent Prediabetes from Turning into Diabetes
Lipotoxicity: How Saturated Fat Raises Blood Sugar
Eggs and Diabetes
Fish and Diabetes

And check out the prequel on body mass differences by diet

Also, for more context, also see my associated blog posts: Paula Deen: diabetes drug spokespersonPreserving Vision Through DietPreventing and Treating Kidney Failure With DietPlant-Based Diets for Fibromyalgia; and Cinnamon for Diabetes.

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