Apr 18

Eating Less or No Meat Associated With Lower Risk of Diabetes

Low meat and non-meat eaters have a lower risk of diabetes, in part because of a lower BMI, according to a new study published by the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, and epublished by the National Institute of Health.

For the study, researchers at the University of Oxford “examined the association between vegetarianism and risk of hospitalisation or death with diabetes in a large, prospective cohort study of British adults.”

The analysed cohort “included participants from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)-Oxford study who were diabetes free at recruitment (1993-2001), with available dietary intake data at baseline, and linked hospital admissions and death data for diabetes over follow-up.” Participants “were categorised as regular meat eaters (≥50 g per day); low meat eaters (<50 g of meat per day); fish eaters (ate no meat but consumed fish); and vegetarians (ate no meat or fish, including vegans).” Researchers “used multivariable Cox proportional hazards models to assess associations between diet group and risk of diabetes.”

Over a mean of 17.6 years of follow-up, 1224 incident cases of diabetes were recorded. Compared with regular meat eaters, “the low meat eaters, fish eaters, and vegetarians were less likely to develop diabetes.” These associations “were substantially attenuated after adjusting for body mass index (BMI).”

The study concludes by stating that “Low meat and non-meat eaters had a lower risk of diabetes, in part because of a lower BMI.”

The full study can be found by clicking here.

A separate study published earlier this year by the journal Nutrients states that: “Our results showed an increase in postprandial incretin and insulin secretion, after consumption of a V[egan]-meal, suggesting a therapeutic potential of plant-based meals for improving beta-cell function in T2D [type 2 diabetes].” The full abstract and text of that study can be found by clicking here.

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