4,384 Buddhists: lower prevalence of diabetes in vegetarians

2015-11-01 06.51.08 pm

“In this Buddhist population consuming a plant-based diet with little meat and fish, true vegetarians who completely avoid animal flesh, while eating more soy, vegetables, nuts and whole grain, have lower odds for IFG and diabetes, after accounting for various confounders, risk factors, and BMI.

Our result is consistent with the Adventist Health Study 2 (AHS-2), which found lower prevalence [3] and incidence [4] of diabetes in vegetarians. Similar to AHS-2 [17], we found vegetarians consumed a higher percentage of energy as carbohydrate, a lower percentage as fat and protein, and higher levels of plant protein, fiber, iron, and magnesium compared with omnivores in respective studies.”

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