Plant-Based Diets Prevent Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes
Plant-based diets decrease risks for heart disease and type 2 diabetes and aid weight management, according to a review published in Nutrition Bulletin. Researchers pooled data from studies that assessed plant-based eating patterns and disease risk. Results showed an approximate 20 to 25 percent reduction in heart disease and type 2 diabetes risks as well as lower cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and inflammatory markers for those who consumed plant-based diets. Long-term adherence to these diets resulted in better weight management, too.
Harland J, Garton L. An update of the evidence relating to plant-based diets and cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and overweight. Nutr Bull. 2016;41:323-338.
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