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Veg diet can lower risk of Type 2 diabetes

Plant based diets are high in fibre, antioxidants, unsaturated fatty acids, and micronutrients

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Publish Date: Jun 20 2016 11:44AM | Updated Date: Jun 20 2016 11:44AM

Veg diet can lower risk of Type 2 diabetes

 According to a latest medical research, consuming high-quality plant-based diet such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes, can substantially lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

 
The study was led by an Indian-origin scientist and according to the findings, eating a healthy version of such diet can lower 34 per cent risk of developing diabetes.
 
There is a less healthy version of veg diet also circled by the scientists which includes foods such as refined grains, potatoes, and sugar-sweetened beverages may increase the risk up to 16 per cent.
 
The study highlights that even moderate dietary changes can play a significant role in the prevention of type 2 diabetes. “Plant based diets are high in fibre, antioxidants, unsaturated fatty acids, and micronutrients such as magnesium and are low in saturated fat and are good for health,” said Ambika Satija, professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public health in Boston.
 
The author further mentioned in the research that healthy plant foods may also be contributing to a healthy gut microbiome.
 
"A shift to dietary pattern, like consuming more plant-based foods and lower the intakes of animal-based foods, especially red and processed meats, can confer substantial health benefits in reducing risk of type 2 diabetes," said Frank Hu, Professor at Harvard Chan School.
 
The study, published in an online journal named PLOS Medicine. It also covers distinctions between healthy plant-based diets and less healthy ones that include things like sweetened foods and beverages, and some animal foods, which may be detrimental for health.