Plant-Based Diet and Diabetes
Start when you’re young, and you can really lower your risk.
For healthy aging, it might be a good idea to start noshing on more plants at an earlier age. As reported in Diabetes Care, adults ages 18–30 who most strongly adhered to a healthy plant-based diet were on average 48% less likely to develop diabetes over the subsequent 10 years than people who did not eat a plant-rich diet.
Those who showed a fondness for nutritionally rich edibles from the plant kingdom at a younger age were also more likely to maintain healthy body weights as the years ticked by. Several years of appropriate calorie intake and higher consumption levels of plant protein, fiber and certain micronutrients and antioxidants could be why going for a plant-based diet as a young adult can pay off come middle age through diabetes risk reduction.
See also: Less Red Meat, Lower Diabetes Risk