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Plant-Based Diets Might Significantly Lower Type-2 Diabetes Risk

A recent meta-analysis of multiple scientific studies has discovered that healthy plant-based diets can lower the risk of type-2 diabetes by over 23%, a significant figure. 

The paper was published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine and was conducted by a team of researchers from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health located in Boston, Massachusetts. It started from the kernel of the idea that one of the main risk factors for type-2 diabetes (the most common type) is the diet. And this health issue can be avoided, especially if people change their dietary patterns and habits.

More than 100 million adults in the United States have diabetes or prediabetes — the set of conditions that precede the development of type 2 diabetes, according to data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A whole host of studies published over the past few years suggest that predominantly plant-based diets can reduce the risk of diabetes. The meta-analysis from the Harvard team concerned nine of these papers. They all looked at the possible link between dietary patterns and the risk of type-2 diabetes. If we look at the overall numbers of these studies brought together, we can see that there were 307,000 participants. Of these, over 23,000 suffered from type-2 diabetes.

“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,” notes Frank Qian, the first author of the review.

Why plant-based diets? 

Plant-based diets can have an astonishing variety and therefore can be hard to define. The study authors emphasized that they were talking about predominantly plant-based diets. And these are built upon consuming fruit, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and grains. These diets can also have small quantities of meat but also unhealthier items like potatoes and sugar.

The researchers discovered that those who adhered more strictly to plant-based diets would benefit from the lower risk of type-2 diabetes, as opposed to the participants who were laxer in their approach.

This type of diet helps the body because plant-based diets are better at regulating insulin sensitivity and blood pressure. And the same foods can help avoid weight gain and can reduce inflammation.

This comes in the emerging field of plant-based alternatives to meat. From burgers to steaks, and dairy-free dairy, the sky is the limit when it comes to plant-based.

Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

Fast Food

Starbucks Cup With ‘Diabetes Here I Come’ Leaves Customer Steamed


Yeah, Starbucks drinks are ridiculously full of sugar. That doesn’t mean you’re supposed to point it out to the customer. A Starbucks patron allegedly received a message on his coffee order that deeply offended him.

According to Action News Jax, a customer from a St. Augustine, Fla., Starbucks got his coffee order and was shocked to see “DIABETES HERE I COME” displayed on the label.

The customer says that he did not find it funny as his two sisters suffer from diabetes.

While Starbucks issued an apology, some are arguing that this could be nothing more than a prank created through the coffee chain’s mobile ordering app.


Turns Out Mexico’s Soda Tax Is Totally Working


Last year, Mexico implemented a soda tax to discourage consumers from drinking too much sugar. Carbonated beverages were priced at one peso for every liter throughout the country, Wired reports. This change increased soda costs by 10 percent.

On average, Mexicans consume about 43 gallons of soda per capita annually. This comes out to 40 percent more than the United States. The neighboring countries, however, are pretty close when it comes to diabetes rates among the adult population.

Since the tax, soda purchases dropped six percent and rose to 12 percent by the end of the year.

We’d say that’s a success. Now, it looks like consumer advocates working to remove taxes from the sales of bottled water and raise the tax for sodas even further. The goal is to deter people from sugar with crazy expensive soda and cheap, clean water.

Hopefully, if the US decides to catch up to Mexico’s soda model, we’ll see a lot less diabetes.


McDonald’s Drive-Thrus Are No Place for Car-Less Diabetics


A man was turned away from a McDonald’s drive-thru because he was on foot. Matt Brown, a 38-year-old teacher suffering diabetes, was walking home from his mother’s home early Christmas Eve when his blood sugar reportedly dropped.

He was nearing a hypoglycemic attack.

Those with diabetes normally carry something in case their blood sugar drops. Brown, who usually has energy drink Lucozade on him, said he had run out.

Brown decided to walk toward the McDonald’s to find something to get his blood sugar level up.

Judging from the time the incident occurred, it looks like the main restaurant wasn’t open to the public at the time. Since Brown couldn’t walk inside, this only left the drive-thru open.

Allegedly, the staff refused to serve him a burger or even call a taxi. The manager working at the time responded to Brown’s request with, “That’s not my problem.”

Brown said he was slumped outside the McDonald’s for more than an hour.

A spokesperson for McDonald’s responded: “For safety, we cannot serve people on foot in our drive-thru.”

While it was policy, there could have been better ways for both parties to handle the situation. Who do you think was in the right? Sound off in the comments.

h/t The Mirror

Fast Food

This Kid Ate Fast Food Every Day for 3 Months, Somehow Got Diabetes


Who would have thought that eating nothing but fast food for a quarter of the year would have negative side effects? Probably everybody.

According to Shanghaiist, a 12-year-old boy in China was diagnosed with diabetes after going on an ill-advised diet, eating fast food every day for three months. This was done as a form of rebellion after his mother had him on a strict diet. As soon as she went away for a three-month business trip, young Linlin took it upon himself to stuff his face with cheeseburgers and fries on the daily.

He gained about 11 pounds in those three months, felt a constant thirst and had to run to the bathroom constantly.

After getting checked out by a doctor, he was diagnosed with diabetes, and the fast food diet was said to be the culprit.

You can argue that not listening to mama could have been the culprit as well.

H/T Shanghaiist, PicThx @Mariuxss


Infographic Quickly Confirms & Disproves Food-Related Old Wives Tales

Old Wives Tales

Picthx @Britt_Klontz


Here’s Why You Should Never Miss Breakfast Again [Infographic]


You’ve heard it all before, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” While this saying has garnered a fair amount of eye-rolling for decades past, there’s a lot of delicious truth behind it.

According to this nifty infographic by Chef Works, folks who skip breakfast are 4 times more likely to become obese, while kids who eat breakfast were shown to score 17.5 percent higher on math tests.

The piece also gives us a glimpse into what the rest of the world is eating every morning. We have Tagine, slow-cooked lamb stew, being served in Morocco for breakfast, and Natto, fermented soybeans over rice, served in Japan. Or you could venture to try out Vegemite with some toast in Australia. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you on that one.



Obesity Chases Tobacco in U.S. Preventable Deaths

As a guy who just recently wrote a review with bacon stuffed breakfast crackers and has lobbied for McDonald’s to bring bacon pastrami burgers to the U.S., this picture really hits home.

If the earth doesn’t explode at the end of this year, we might be looking at the year 2020 as the next doomsday year. The graphic below from the Medical Coding Career Guide made a bold prediction that half of Americans will be diabetic or pre-diabetic. HALF of the American population!

Obesity will reduce life expectancy by 13 years and 21 percent of medicare will go toward obesity-related medical expenses.

I’m not going to lie, as a part of the obese American publication, this picture is frightening. Obesity is catching up to tobacco in preventable deaths in the U.S., which can only lead to witty anti-obesity commercials similar to the anti-tobacco ones.

It’s hard to think that America would get that out of control, but I have faith in our food industry. As long as cooking with bacon fat becomes the norm, Krispy Kreme vending machines are installed in every public school, and someone invents butter-infused organic fruits and vegetables, we’ll be on a good pace to reach these predictions.

Seriously though, it makes you think. I think I’m going to grab an apple right now.