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Plant-Based Diets and Diabetes

“Plant-Based Diets and Diabetes” Decades ago we started
to get the first inklings that a plant-based diet may be
protective against diabetes. Studies going back a half century
found that those eating meat one or more days a week had
significantly higher rates of diabetes, and the more frequently meat was eaten,
the more frequent the disease. And this is after
controlling for weight. Even at the same weight,
those eating plant-based had but a fraction
of the diabetes rates, and if anything vegetarians
should have had more diabetes just because they appear
to live so much longer, so had more time to develop
these kinds of chronic diseases, but no, apparently lower
rates of death and disease. Fast forward 50 years to the Adventist-2
study, looking at 89,000 people and we see a stepwise drop in the rates of
diabetes as one eats more and more plant-based, down to a 78% lower prevalence among
those eating strictly plant-based. Protection building incrementally
as one moved from eating meat, to eating less meat, to just fish, to no
meat, and then to no eggs or dairy either. We see the same thing with another
leading killer: high blood pressure. The greater the proportion of plant foods,
the lower the rates of hypertension. And the same with excess body fat. The only dietary group not,
on average, overweight were those eating diets composed
exclusively of plant foods, but again this same incremental drop
with fewer and fewer animal products. This suggests that it’s not black
and white, not all or nothing, any steps we can make towards eating
healthier may accrue significant benefits. Followed over time, vegetarian diets were associated
with a substantially lower incidence of diabetes, fewer new cases indicating the potential of these
diets to stem the current diabetes epidemic. What about eating a really healthy
diet with just a little meat? Or is it better
to eat none at all? Well, we have new insight
this year from Taiwan. Asian diets in general
tend to be lower in meat, higher in plant foods
compared to Western diets, but whether a diet completely avoiding
meat and fish would further extend the protective benefit of a plant-based
diet wasn’t known, until now. Traditionally, Asian populations
have had low rates of diabetes, but a diabetes epidemic has
since emerged, and appears to coincide with increased meat, animal
protein, and animal fat consumption. But the Westernization of Asian diets also
brought along a lot of fast food and junk. So these researchers at the
national university didn’t want to just compare eating vegetarian
to typical meat eaters, but compared Buddhist vegetarians to Buddhist
non-vegetarians eating traditional Asian diets. Even the omnivores were eating a predominantly
plant-based diet, consuming little meat and fish, with the women eating the equivalent of about a single
serving a week, and men eating a serving every few days. That’s just 8% of the meat intake
in the U.S., 3% for the women. The question is, is it
better to eat 3% or 0%? Again, both groups were eating healthy: zero
soda consumption, for example, in any group. Despite the similarities in their diet,
and after controlling for weight and
family history and exercise and smoking, the men eating vegetarian had
just half the rates of diabetes, and the vegetarian women
just a quarter of the rates. So even in a population consuming a really
plant-based diet with little meat and fish, true vegetarians who completely avoided animal
flesh, while eating more healthy plant foods, had lower odds for pre-diabetes and diabetes
after accounting for other risk factors. They wanted to break it up into vegan versus
ovo-lacto like in the Adventist-2 study, but there were no cases at all of
diabetes found within the vegan group.

35 thoughts on “Plant-Based Diets and Diabetes

  1. The evidence is simply overwhelming. And yet every day I encounter people convinced of the opposite. Almost as though there was some sort of mainstream propaganda to tell them the opposite of the truth.

  2. Very interesting because some people think adding a bit of animal products is okay because Asians often eat some as a condiment on top of their starches.

  3. I have diabetes and was on two different insulins a day. I now eat a plant based diet of fruits and vegetables. I don't need insulin any longer. I don't eat meat and my fasting BS is 95.

  4. Thanks Dr.Greger another great video but I keep always thinking back to the video that you pointed out that the mortality rate of vegans vs meat eaters is only a difference of 3 years 🙁 …I suppose 3 years on this earth is better than being dead it just seems Vegans should live longer ..I mean at least 10+ years because of the much lower levels of inflammation in the body ??

  5. Sugar goes up, insulin goes up, insulin resistance builds up. You can rationalize your diet all you want, but it all comes down to these basic principles in the end.

  6. I'm not sure the Doc needed to do a scientific based study of this. Let's use common sense, people who consume too much sugar and artificial sweeteners are going to have more sugar related body malfunctions. It's not rocket science.

  7. Bam!  There is it.  I always wondered about eating a little bit of meat with plenty of vegetables.  Now it's clear.  Time to make the slow transition to Vegan.

  8. Meanwhile, over at The Guardian today, more praise from the readers for the ketogenic diet; it may be even more popular in the UK than in the States.  Many comments touted the diet's success in treating epilepsy[how this fad from the 20s–which does work short term in some cases–was resurrected by the medical community, I don't know] and diabetes[a new one to me], and a preponderance of these stated categorically that diets high in animal fats are not the human health risk they have been flagged to be.  These comments veered very close to suggesting massive conspiracies against animal products on the part of evil government entities.  It was demoralizing reading:  How can we make headway against such ignorance and intransigence?  Thanks for posting this, Doc.

  9. I wish Dr. Greger would approach the health risks of human thyroid function based on a plant based diet, specifically in regard to cruciferous vegetables and peas, beans, nuts etc.

  10. I went vegan first for ethical reasons, but now no matter how I feel about the ethical side, I could never go back simply because of the amazing health benefits of being vegan- and the known risks of consuming animal products! It's sad a lot of people never want to give a vegan diet a try because they "feel fine"–I felt "fine" before I was vegan, but now I feel amazing! Vegan diets can do wonders, sad a lot of people are too hooked on their meat and dairy to ever experience it! 

  11. Nice upper cut with that last sentence, loved it! Dr. Greger you're doing fantastic work by spreading the word like this, thank you. 

  12. Something interesting… the people over at beef magazine came out with 6 reasons to ignore the new documentary "cowspiracy" and one reason is because insulin made from byproducts of the meat industry treats diabetes. There was no mention of a plant-based diet reversing diabetes (Dr. Barnard's work) or overconsumption of meat and diary causing it. Geez.

  13. Damn!
    I always thought: "One serving of meet every 2-3 Weeks can't be harmful. That's way to less meet to be bad. To be completely vegan is to extreme."

    Maybe i was wrong 🙂

  14. Hi Michael, thanks for keeping us informed. Very much appreciated. This is the one site I happily recommend to all of my friends.

  15. How strict of a plant-based diet should one eat to avoid diabetes?

     Watch below or click the link to watch on NutritionFacts.org: http://nutritionfacts.org/video/plant-based-diets-and-diabetes/

  16. Anybody tested out the Hybetez Remedy (google search it)? We've heard several awesome things about this popular cholesterol home remedy.

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  19. I am curious:   Are frozen vegetables as good for you as Non-frozen veggies.  Which Isle in the store should we shop in?

  20. Do you have any information on type 1 diabetes? What role does diet play in controlling symptoms and reducing medication?

  21. I can't understand why even one vegan would get type 2 diabetes ? This makes no sense. They should put an asterisk next to that person indicating their BMI and that they are fat vegans eating junk food. There is no other possibility than them being a lard ass vegan. If you stop all animal products and eat WFPB and exercise moderately the incidence of type 2 should be 0%.

  22. I am happy to hear that no Diabetes nor cancer in VEGAN. Proud to be one . Every morning, I woke up and knows that I am amazingly saving someone life as a vegan. Whenever I have meal, I am glad that I give them freedom what animals deserve . On the other hand, I am also saving my life healthier.

  23. On the average I believe the data is correct. However, I personally know a sizeable (no pun intended) number of obese vegetarians who are also T2 diabetics. H'mmm… All this means is there is no panacea, but hedging your bets is always a good idea. Or, as my sainted grandfather used to say: "Nu, it couldn't hurt."

  24. Eye opening…..check out this guy – he eats various food then test blood sugar. You could call it practical, real life research. You might be surprised what he finds. It's the Beat Diabetes YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/sB3uNuL4oME

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