Vegan diet for diabetes prevention

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29 Aug 2016 - General

Diabetes prevalence in the United States is lower among vegetarians than nonvegetarians.In two large Adventist cohort studies (n = 25,698 and n = 60,903), the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes was 1.6–2.0 times higher among nonvegetarians than among vegetarians or vegans. Part of the difference is attributable to higher body weight among nonvegetarians, but much of the difference persists after adjustment for body weight.

A 2009 study found that, among a range of diets from vegan to nonvegetarian, as consumption of animal products increased, so did diabetes prevalence, ranging from 2.9% in vegans to 7.8% among individuals with unlimited consumption of animal products.

Data from the Harvard Women's Health Study, the Nurses' Health Study, the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, and other trials were part of a systematic review of 12 cohort studies that found that men and women who ate the most meat had the highest risk of type 2 diabetes. Intake levels of red meat, processed meat, and fish were all associated with risk of type 2 diabetes.These studies suggest that the total amount of meat consumed may be more important than the type of meat.

The results of vegan diet on diabetes prevetion seems significant in these studies, do you think it's practical for pracice in South East Asia? 

I'm lucky that I live in a city where there is a lot of fresh vegetable produce. My mom is a vegetarian, though when I gave it a try, I always ended up hungry even after just a few hours, so it didn't really work well for me. And I agree with Mark Edmon Tan that the challenge lies in preparing this kind of food daily. It eats up a lot of time in an already buys schedule. Additionally, when eating out, ve...
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I agree with Mark Edmon Tan although we see a lot of vegans and health conscious people in this world, we will see 2 out of 10 people in this community that is diagnosed with diabetes. It is easy to find vegetables and fruits that are in the food pyramid but how are they cooked. Honestly food prepared in the Asian culture aren't so healthy too. depending on the person preparing it. Usually home cooked food a...
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Thank you for sharing this article. I think it is easy to practice vegan diet in South East Asia because we have a lot of produce. The only caveat with practicing this diet in the region is if you are willing to prepare the food daily. The main knock in Southeast Asia is that we do not have access to healthier food options when we dine out. On the topic, vegans are able to maintain body weight because they are able to follow the food pyramid guide. Meat should be eaten moderately and not in as m...
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