Vegan diet linked to reduced Type-2 diabetes risk

A study published in the journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care has suggested that vegan diets may help the management of diabetes

A study published in the journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care has suggested that vegan diets may help the management of diabetes

Eating a plant-based or vegan diet could significantly improve psychological wellbeing and reduce risk factors of type 2 diabetes, research indicates.

Professor Mike Lean, a specialist in human nutrition at University of Glasgow, previously told HuffPost UK, that if patients with early stage type 2 diabetes are able to lose a large amount of weight they can actually reverse the condition.

15 percent of deaths worldwide are also linked to diabetes, and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that 642 million people will be affected by diabetes by 2040.

In the study, researchers from the University of London, the University of Northampton, and East Sussex NHS Healthcare Trust looked at 11 clinical trials published between 1999 and 2017 which compared plant-based diets to other diets.

While plant-based diets continue to show benefits, some fruits, legumes and whole grains which can be eaten in these diets are often higher in carbohydrate, which can negatively impact on blood glucose levels.

Findings of the research have been disclosed in the journal BMJ, that demonstrate that while quality of life both physical and emotional enhanced fundamentally, depressive side effects and nerve pain (neuropathic pain) likewise enhanced in individuals who were on plant-based diet. With regard to their mental health, symptoms of depression were significantly reduced among patients adopting a plant-based regimen.

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At the same time, these patients lost twice as much weight as those following diets that included animal protein. Flaxseeds help in reducing the chances of heart complications and also the risk of strokes associated with diabetes.

In addition to a sharp fall of blood glucose levels in those who cut out or ate very few animal products, these participants also lost almost twice as much weight. The fall in blood fats a risk factor for cardiovascular disease was likewise more prominent in those on plant-based diet.

Lead researcher Anastasios Toumpanakis said: 'It can be concluded that plant-based diets accompanied by education can significantly improve psychological health.

Researchers pointed out some limitations, including the sample study sizes and the reliance of the data on participant recall. This means journalists are losing the ability to hold the rich and powerful to account.

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