Meat-free diet linked to benefits for people with type 2 diabetes, finds study

Avoiding animal products and eating a plant-based diet is a great way to keep type 2 diabetes under control, according to a study published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care

Meat-free diet linked to benefits for people with type 2 diabetes, finds study Strap: Avoiding animal products and eating a plant-based diet is a great way to keep type 2 diabetes under control, according to a study published Oct. 30, 2018, in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care Team MMM Researchers reviewed 11 studies (most of them randomised controlled trials, the gold standard in research) that included more than 400 mostly middle-aged people with type 2 diabetes. The average length of each study was about six months. People who followed a plant-based diet experienced significant improvements in blood sugar control, emotional health, quality of life, weight loss, and cholesterol levels, compared with people who did not follow plant-based diets. Some people who ate a plant-based diet were even able to reduce or eliminate their medications for diabetes control and high blood pressure. If you would like to try the diet at home, focus on lots of vegetables, legumes (a must for protein and fiber), fruits, seeds, whole grains, and nuts. But don’t stop taking any medications without talking to your doctor first. Source: Harvard Health

Researchers reviewed 11 studies (most of them randomised controlled trials, the gold standard in research) that included more than 400 mostly middle-aged people with type 2 diabetes.

The average length of each study was about six months. People who followed a plant-based diet experienced significant improvements in blood sugar control, emotional health, quality of life, weight loss, and cholesterol levels, compared with people who did not follow plant-based diets.

There are numerous research-proven health benefits to following a vegetarian diet. Meatless meals are built around beans, lentils, vegetables and whole grains. These plant-based proteins tend to be less expensive and offer more health benefits than meat. A vegan diet can be one of the healthiest ways to live.

Some people who ate a plant-based diet were even able to reduce or eliminate their medications for diabetes control and high blood pressure.

If you would like to try the diet at home, focus on lots of vegetables, legumes (a must for protein and fiber), fruits, seeds, whole grains, and nuts.

But don’t stop taking any medications without talking to your doctor first.

Source: Harvard Health