A recent study from the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine found that having a plant-based diet is linked to lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

Research showed that participants who maintained plant-based eating habits had a 23% lower chance of developing type 2 diabetes.

In recent years, many people have turned to plant-based diets for different reasons, one being the health benefits of eating plant-based foods and eliminating (or lessening) animal product consumption.

However, some of these dietary patterns fail to recognize the importance of certain animal products, such as fish and yogurt, that play a part in preventing cardiometabolic diseases.

In addition, the study states that refined grains, sugars and starches can be characterized as plant-based, but these types of foods often contribute to the risk of type 2 diabetes.

The study did contain limitations: assessments were done through self-reports using questionnaires, which leaves room for bias and error. Further, all studies done were observational. Because much of this research was based on observation — all studies done were observational — it cannot conclude a causal relationship. Nonetheless, researchers believe causality could be a possibility.

When planned and followed properly, plant-based eating habits can help manage a number of chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes.

Author: Julie Kang

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