Plant based diets have been found to lessen the risk of diabetes in previous studies, but a new study published in PLOS Medicine has found that the quality of the diet is important too.
Prior studies on plant based diets and type 2 diabetes (T2D) have defined plant based diets as ‘vegetarian’ and not further differentiated those who eat plant foods that are less nutrient dense such as refined grains, potatoes and sugar sweetened foods from those who eat a healthier plant based diet, to see what effect this has on T2D risk.
Scientists from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts analysed data from three studies that followed more than 200,000 male and female health professionals across the US for more than 20 years, regularly collecting information on their diet, lifestyle, medical history, and new disease diagnoses.
They found that a diet focused on plant foods and low in animal foods was associated w...