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Vegan Diet Helps Fight Diabetes

Sharon Palmer

Scientific support is growing for the benefits of a vegan diet on diabetes, for prevention and even treatment. It makes sense that a diet rich in fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants would help prevent and manage this serious condition. And in a new study researchers used a cohort of 75 overweight or obese adults without diabetes history, ages 25 to 75, and found increases in insulin secretion after eating and improvements in insulin sensitivity among those who followed a low-fat vegan diet for 16 weeks, compared with the control group. The findings in the journal Nutrients showed that the low-fat vegan diet group also experienced reduced blood glucose levels during meals and while fasting and a significant reduction in body mass index, which suggests that a vegan diet could help prevent type 2 diabetes, researchers said.

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