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Harvard: Following a Healthy Plant-based Diet May Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

People who follow predominantly plant-based diets with greater adherence may have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who follow these diets with lower adherence, according to a new meta-analysis from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The researchers also found that the association was stronger for people whose diets emphasized healthy plant-based foods.

The study was published online July 22 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

“Plant-based dietary patterns are gaining popularity in recent years, so we thought it was crucial to quantify their overall association with diabetes risk, particularly since these diets can vary substantially in terms of their food composition,” said first author Dr. Frank Qian, who conducted the research as a masters student in the Department of Nutrition.

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