Meat Increases Risk of Diabetes
A new study conducted in Taiwan involving over 4,000 participants revealed a higher risk of diabetes in those that consumed even modest amounts of animal products in their diets. This was reported by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, February 13, 2014.
"Vegetarians are less likely to have diabetes, compared with non-vegetarians, according to a new study from Taiwan. Among 4,384 Buddhists, the women and men who avoided all meat products had an approximately 70 and 45 reduced risk for diabetes, respectively. The lead author notes that the omnivorous participants consumed a predominantly plant-based diet with little meat and fish, suggesting that even modest animal consumption can increase the risk for diabetes. Other population studies have also found that as animal product intake increases, so does risk for diabetes. In addition, the vegetarian group had higher intakes of fiber, folate, vegetables, and whole grains and lower intakes of saturated fat and cholesterol."
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