A recent study published by The Vegan Society has found that vegans reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by 78 percent compared with their omnivorous peers, who eat meat on a daily basis. This is partly because vegans are said to be able to control their weight more easily due to low-calorie meals, which contribute to lower BMIs (body mass index) and lower percentage of body fat.
At least, 542,000 people in the UK are now following a vegan diet, which requires an exclusion of all forms of animal products such as meat, fish, milk, cheese, eggs and honey according to a survey carried out by Vegan Society and Vegan Life magazine. The number of vegans in the UK has grown more than 360% over the past decade, since the last estimate of 150,000 in 2006.
Carrying excess body fat is the number one risk factor of type 2 diabetes with around 90 percent of those who develop this disease being overweight. Vegans, however, have lower levels of obesity on average than any other dietary group.
According to Dr Michael Greger, internationally renowned physician, type 2 diabetes is often treatable through diet and lifestyle changes. Vegans, on average, are less susceptible to diabetes, especially when compared to those who regularly eat meat. Dr Greger added, “the saturated fats found in animal products contribute to insulin resistance, the cause of type 2 diabetes-whereas monosaturated fats found in nuts and avocados may actually protect against the detrimental effects of saturated fats.”
The findings additionally imply that people who are consuming a vegan diet appear to have an improved insulin sensitivity, better blood sugar levels and better levels of insulin, which enables blood sugar to enter your cells.