Did you know that African Americans are twice as likely as non-hispanic whites to develop diabetes? Not to worry, a new study found that following a vegetarian diet can dramatically cut these numbers. The Dish is Veg reports on the study conducted by the NIH and Loma Linda University: "A vegetarian diet may be a way to counteract the increased diabetes risk for the black population," said Serena Tonstad, MD, a professor at Loma Linda University and lead author of the research.The study, which was published in the October issue of Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases, showed that lacto-ovo vegetarian blacks had a 53 percent reduced risk of diabetes when compared to non-vegetarian African Americans. Even more significant, vegan blacks had a 70 percent reduced risk of diabetes. Additionally participants who exercised three or more times a week (compared to once a week or never) had a 35 percent reduced risk of diabetes. Wow!