In today’s world, people are more aware of health than ever before. The quick access to information via different sources has made everything easier. Hence, every other person now knows about all kinds of diets. In the midst of all this, some diets have become popular, such as the plant-based diet.
Even though there are multiple types of diets based on many factors, two or three are more common. This is either because of their drastic and quick results or how they help with a health issue.
However, health professionals have suggested being more cautious when following a specific diet. This is because not all diets are as beneficial as they are said to be. Some may even cause more harm than good.
In addition, there are many diets that only provide temporary results at the cost of long-term effects. Therefore, it is important to examine relevant research before deciding to follow a diet.
At the same time, there is an actual increase in research regarding these different diets. Scientists are increasingly exploring the outcomes of following specific diets.
In a similar way, a new study looks at how the aforementioned plant-based diet affects health. More specifically, it further looks at the claim of how a plant-based diet can reduce the risk of diabetes.
The study by researchers at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston analyzed nine studies on this subject. The first author of the study was Frank Qian. Its findings appear in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
What Was the Research Method?
At the moment, plant-based diets are getting more and more common. Going vegan or vegetarian is a trend that is not only followed by the common folks but also celebrities, bloggers, and trainers. Previous studies show there are a number of health benefits of following such a diet including for diabetes.
Diabetes type 2 is one of the fastest spreading issues around the globe. Therefore, it was important to explore further the potential of plant-based diets to help in its management.
The researchers in the new study firstly did an analysis of how exactly plant-based diets had an impact on diabetes. This also included people whose diets had a lot of fruits and vegetables alongside non-veg foods.
Consequently, they noted that people with a lot of fruits and veggies in diet did have lower chances of developing diabetes type 2. In addition, the risk was even lower in people with strict plant-based diets.
For now, the team said that what they saw was more of a correlation. Further research will confirm that it is probably a casual relationship.
Why Does This Happen?
According to the researchers, there can be many reasons for plant-based diets to be good for diabetes. For example, food and vegetables in diet help improve blood pressure fluctuations and insulin sensitivity.
Secondly, following these diets can also help in losing weight and preventing inflammation. All of these factors play a major role in the development of type 2 diabetes. The researchers state that this study is a big reminder of why adding plenty of fruits and vegetables is important for health.