Jul 23, 2019
By Jane Brown
Since Type 2 diabetes is a growing problem, eating more plant-based foods may be an answer to lower risk.
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed nine different high-quality studies looking at rates of developing Type 2 Diabetes in people whose diets included more plant-based foods compared to diets more animal-based.
There were 307,099 people in the study. Of them 23,544 developed Type 2 diabetes.
Diet information was self-reported in all of the studies. The results of the studies were then averaged-with some results weighted more than others-to determine an overall change in the risk of developing diabetes.
The risk for people with a plant-based diet was only 77 per cent of the risk of people who ate more animal-based foods.
When focusing on the most healthy versions of plant-based diets, the risk decreased to 70 per cent of the animal-based diet group.
The study is in JAMA Internal Medicine.