Vegan and gluten-free diets can help lower your risk of getting type 2 diabetes, according to research.
The new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that vegan and vegetarian diets could lower your diabetes risk by up to 15 percent, or nearly four times.
Researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2011 to 2014, and found that vegans and vegetarians were significantly more likely to have type 2 and type 1 diabetes than those who ate meat, dairy products, or both.
According to the researchers, people who ate both meat and dairy products were also significantly more than four times more likely than those that ate only veggie foods to have diabetes.
The researchers also found that people who had diabetes were three times more than those without diabetes to have heart disease and six times more to have cancer.
“It’s important to recognize that veganism is a healthy lifestyle, and one that can lower your chance of developing type 2, and it’s not that people are inherently unhealthy,” said study author Dr. Jody A. Miller, M.D., who is also the Director of the Center for Health, Aging, and Development at the Mailman school.
“But if we don’t eat a lot of meat, then it’s very difficult to maintain healthy weight and maintain healthy blood glucose levels.
It is possible to reduce the risk of developing diabetes in people who are at high risk for diabetes.”
Researchers said that vegarian diets were associated with lower rates of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and coronary heart disease.
“We also observed an inverse relationship between dietary adherence and diabetes risk in people at low and moderate risk for the disease,” Dr. Miller said.
The findings of the study may help people who have diabetes find ways to eat more fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
“Vegan and vegetarian dieters have the highest rate of diabetes and heart disease, so we’re really interested in finding out how to prevent these conditions in people,” said Dr. David M. Toulmin, Ph.
D. a professor of nutrition and director of the Mailmans Center for Cardiovascular Health at the university.
“There’s no magic pill to prevent heart disease or diabetes.
We want to make sure we’re eating well and doing what’s healthy.”
The study was published in Diabetes Care.
The Mailman’s researchers said that it was important to note that people with diabetes have many genetic factors that can increase their risk for developing the disease.
The research team noted that there were other factors, such as diet, physical activity, and genetics, that may play a role in type 2 or type 1, but this study was the first to find a strong association between veganism and type 2.
The study also looked at a total of 4,719 participants who were in the study.
The authors noted that the overall findings are very preliminary, and the results need to be replicated in more patients.
The report noted that vegan diets were found to lower the risk for type 2 by 16 percent.
People with diabetes were four times as likely as people without diabetes not to be overweight or obese, and people who did not eat meat were four to eight times more often than those with diabetes.
“Vegans and vegetians are eating more fruits and vegetables and have a higher intake of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants than the general population,” Dr Miller said, “and they’re eating more whole grains, so their diet is less likely to be high in saturated fat.”
According to Dr. Toultmin, vegans are also less likely than the average person to smoke, and this is especially true among vegans.
He said that most of the people in the new study were non-smoking and that they also ate a lot less sugar than other groups.
“For many people, their sugar intake is a big problem.
They eat more than other people, but they don’t smoke,” Dr Toultmo said.
“In a way, the idea of veganism, it’s about being able to eat a high protein diet, it was very low in saturated fats and low in trans fat, and that’s really important for maintaining the heart health of people who may have diabetes.”
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