A new study conducted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, shows that those who consumed a healthier, predominantly plant-based diet lowered their risk for type two diabetes by nearly 23%. This is not just any kind of study, however, because it involved an extensive study of over 10 million participants. The study was performed by the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) at the University of Illinois.
Those who followed a plant based diet significantly decreased their chance of developing type two diabetes. The study concluded that people who regularly consumed a predominantly plant based diet lowered their chance of developing type two diabetes by about 33%. The correlation between the two was nearly as strong–a nearly 30% decrease in the risk of developing type two diabetes–for those who consumed mainly plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and nuts. The only food group that did not show a significant decrease in the risk of developing type two diabetes were animal products, which include beef, milk and eggs.
Of course, there are many different ways to prepare and eat the foods included in the plant-based diets. But regardless of which type of diet you follow, eating a healthy and balanced diet is vital for maintaining good health. In fact, consuming a healthy diet is the first step towards controlling diabetes. In order to do that, it is important to learn how to make adjustments to your current diet.
Many people have come to believe that high protein diets (such as that found in the Atkins Diet) are the most effective way to control diabetes. Unfortunately, this belief is unfounded. In fact, studies done on the effects of high protein diets on the human body do not support this belief. In fact, the research on protein intake shows that those who follow a high protein diet have no fewer health complications than those who follow a low-protein diet. While the high protein diets may lower your appetite, they do nothing to help you shed weight.
Those following a plant-based diet for diabetes benefit from its ability to balance blood sugar levels and to suppress insulin production. It also helps them lose weight, reduce inflammation, boost their immune system, and helps prevent other health problems such as heart disease.
So, the next time you hear someone talking about “diabetes proof” foods and diets–remember that the best way to lose weight is to follow a healthy, balanced diet and avoid harmful processed foods and animal products. Eat more natural and unprocessed foods that are rich in protein and fiber and include plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits in your daily meals.
If you aren’t sure where to start with transitioning to a plant based diet, try taking the 30 Day Challenge, a programme which takes you by the hand and shows you how to be succesful with a plant based diet.