Veggies Cut Diabetes Risk in African-Americans
November 7, 2011 — 17:45 PM
"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.