Diet & Diabetes - New Study
The October 7th issue of the journal
Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases contains a study in which
the incidence of diabetes in vegetarians was studied in 41,387 people which
included 17.3 percent African Americans. That mention of African American
subjects is important, as researchers at Loma Linda University determined a
significant black/white difference in diabetes rates between races.
The study abstract reveals:
"Participants were grouped as vegan,
lacto ovo vegetarian, pesco vegetarian, semi-vegetarian or non-vegetarian
"Cases of diabetes developed in 0.54% of vegans...
1.08% of lacto ovo vegetarians...
1.29% of pesco vegetarians...
and 2.12% of non-vegetarians..."
"Blacks had an increased risk
compared to non-Blacks"
The researchers concluded:
"Vegetarian diets (vegan, lacto ovo, semi-) were associated with a
substantial and independent reduction in diabetes incidence. In Blacks the
dimension of the protection associated with vegetarian diets was as great as
the excess risk associated with Black ethnicity."