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A data analysis of 9 studies from 7 publications totaling to 307, 099 participants with 23,544 cases of incident type 2 diabetes showed a significant inverse association between people who adhered to a plant-based dietary pattern and risk of type 2 diabetes compared to people who did not.  This study also showed “healthy plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts” within these plant-based dietary patterns strengthened the association.

The researches define plant-based dietary patterns as having an emphasis on foods derived from plant sources with a reduction of animal products, not elimination.  

The report found clinical trials and observational studies that show healthful plant-based foods improve insulin sensitivity and blood pressure as well as reduce long-term weight gain and ameliorate systemic inflammation that contribute to type 2 diabetes.

Read the full report here.

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