Can a Plant-Based Diet Help Fight Type 2 Diabetes?

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The benefits of a plant-based diet are well-known: Healthy eating plans that contain plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains have been shown in study after study to reduce the risk for heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), and death from all causes. Now, a new review of existing research suggests plant-based diets can improve blood glucose control, promote weight loss, and improve cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

In this study, published in Clinical Nutrition, researchers reviewed nine randomized controlled trials evaluating the benefits of vegan and vegetarian diets people with diabetes. Results of the study show that a plant-based diet can improve a number of cardiometabolic risk factors, including HbA1c levels, compared to non-vegetarian diets.

This is significant because 60 to 70 percent of people with type 2 diabetes die from heart-related complications.

Sourced from: Clinical Nutrition