- Low in carbohydrates
- High in fiber-rich foods
- Includes plant-based sources of protein
- Does not include any animal products
- Helps reduce blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity in people with type 2 diabetes.
- May lower the risk of heart disease by reducing bad cholesterol levels and improving overall heart health.
- Can lead to weight loss due to reduced calorie intake and increased satiety from high fiber content.
- Has been linked with a 24% reduced risk of death for people with diabetes compared to those following a standard American Diabetes Association recommended diet.
Healthy diet and lifestyle key to better health
For the study, the researchers analyzed 34 years of health data from 7,224 women participating in the Nurses’ Health Study and 2,877 men participating in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, all of whom developed type 2 diabetes after those studies began.
The participants completed questionnaires on lifestyle and medical history every other year, allowing the researchers to assess the compositions of their diets and score them according to intake of animal proteins and fats, plant proteins and fats, high-quality carbs, and low-quality carbs