A week ago, a study was released showing that Seventh-day Adventist vegans have a 68% lower rate of type 2 diabetes than non-vegetarian SDAs. The finding was highly significant, with a confidence interval of .25 to .41. This is one of the most statistically significant findings I’ve ever seen from a nutrition study.
Where were all the media stories reporting this?!
There is one bit of caution – this study was cross-sectional, not prospective. That means we don’t know if the finding was because vegans don’t contract diabetes as often, or if people with, or prone to, diabetes are less likely to go vegan.
In addition to this SDA study, results were recently released from a study using a vegan diet to treat type 2 diabetes. The researchers found that a low-fat vegan diet resulted in lower body weight, cholesterol, triglycerides, blood glucose, and diabetes medications.
You can find more information in the article, Type 2 Diabetes and the Vegan Diet, that I just posted to VeganHealth.org.