African American –healthier if vegetarian

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Recent studies developed at Loma Linda University in California suggest that the effects of following a vegetarian diet and adding to it 3 times per week of exercise training can reduce significantly the risk of diabetes among African Americans.

There’s no single vegetarian eating plan, although people who eat a vegetarian diet generally fall into these groups:

  • Vegans eat only plant-based foods. They don’t eat foods from animals, including meat, poultry, fish, milk, eggs and cheese.
  • Lacto-vegetarians consume milk and milk products along with plant-based foods. They omit eggs as well as meat, fish and poultry.
  • Lacto-ovo vegetarians eat eggs, milk and milk products, such as cheese and yogurt, in addition to plant-based foods. They omit red meat, fish and poultry.

The results to which dr. Serena Tonstad, the leader of the researchers group, and her team got to were that the vegetarian diet can reduce diabetes risk with up to 53% and the strict vegan diet can reduce for black people this risk up to 70%.

In addition to this, a strong effect was shown at the African Americans who were practicing a sport or exercising 3 or more times per week; the risk of being diagnosed with cancer was with 35% lower than for the non-active ones.

The researchers are happy about the results. This breakthrough would mean that a new cure has been found in order to treat or even prevent type 2 diabetes among the black population. It is known that this segment of the population is most susceptible to this disease than the rest.

The research was made on a group of 7.172 African Americans Seventh-Day Adventists who were asked to fill a questionnaire which aimed to discover their diet.  Moreover, the team studied data from 34.215 non-black Adventists.

The results were the same, they linked diabetes prevention to vegetarian diet.

Vegetarian diets are often lower in calories than are non-vegetarian diets, which can help with weight management. Also, people following vegan diets tend to have lower body mass indexes (BMIs) than do people who follow a non-vegetarian diet. A healthy body weight can improve blood sugar control and reduce your risk of diabetes complications.

A vegetarian diet might protect against diabetes because it typically contains a higher proportion of high-fiber foods such as fruit and vegetables. Also, whole grains, beans and other legumes are known to improve glycemic control which slows the rate of carbohydrate absorption and thus reduces risk of diabetes. Also, it can improve blood sugar control and make your body more responsive to insulin. This may mean taking less medication and lowering your risk of diabetes-related complications.

Even more, a strict vegan diet is cholesterol-free, low in saturated fat and usually high in soluble fiber. A low-fat vegetarian diet can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease — a common complication of people who have diabetes.



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