This week the NHS reported on a study on the benefits of overweight adults going vegan in order to help prevent them from developing type 2 diabetes.
The research, conducted in the US, investigated the effects of a plant-based diet on a group of overweight people compared with a group who continued to eat their usual food.
The group who followed the plant-based vegan diet had a reduction in fat levels and Body Mass Index (BMI). The vegan group also showed improvements in beta-cell function, which helps regulate blood insulin levels. Deterioration of the beta cells is often linked with the onset of type 2 diabetes.
“Diabetes is the fastest growing health threat of our times and an urgent public health issue. If nothing changes, it is estimated that over five million people in the UK will have diabetes.” (Diabetes UK).
Experts believe the reasons behind a vegan diet being so beneficial in reducing the onset of type 2 diabetes is due to it being lower in fat and sugar.
The study was originally reported in the Mail Online, but vegans around the UK will be relieved to hear that the NHS are finally coming round to the benefits of people eating plant-based foods as part of a healthy diet. NHS Choices even commented “The challenge is getting people to stick to these diets…”
Recent studies have also shown that Brits are consuming plant-based foods more than ever with one in four meals being either vegetarian or vegan.
Is the problem getting people to stick to a plant-based diet? Or that people don’t know about the benefits of a plant-based diet? Do we rely on mainstream media and NHS to tell us what’s healthy and what’s not?