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Vegetarian diet, change in dietary patterns, and diabetes risk: a prospective study.

​Adherence to a vegetarian dietary pattern may help cut down the risk of diabetes in Asian population.

This study assessed the effect of consistent consumption of vegetarian diets on diabetes risk in Asian population. Researchers followed the diets of more than 2000 Taiwanese subjects for over 5 years and tracked the incidence of diabetes in the study population.

Researchers found out the chances of having diabetes were 35% lower in vegetarians than in non-vegetarians. In addition, switching from a non-vegetarian diet to a vegetarian diet was found to reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 53% in this study. The findings of this study reveal that vegetarian diets may offer individuals significant protection against diabetes.

Research Summary Information

  • 2018
  • Tina H. T. Chiu, Wen-Harn Pan, Ming-Nan Lin, Chin-Lon Lin
  • Department of Family Medicine, Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital, Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation. No. 2, Min-Sheng Road, Dalin Town, Chiayi County, 622, Taiwan Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, Tzu Chi University, Hualien, Taiwan. No.701, Sec. 3, Chung Yang Road, Hualien, 970, Taiwan
  • Yes, Free full text of study was found:
  • No. Source of funding disclosure not found
  • No. Potential conflicts disclosure not found
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