By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Diet. At Monday, April 29th 2019, 06:15:58 AM.
Here is what several key studies have to say about vegan‐ism: In one study, 99 participants with Type 2 diabetes followed either a vegan diet or a diet based on American Diabetes Association guidelines. After 22 weeks, the vegans lost an average of 13 pounds versus 9 in the ADA group, according to findings published in 2006 in Diabetes Care. If you are overweight, losing just 5 to 10 percent of your current weight can help stave off some diseases.
They also tend to have a lower body mass index (BMI) and lower levels of total and LDL (bad) cholesterol. High levels for these markers are all risk factors for heart disease.Vegan diets may also aid in weight management.One study in 18 women found that following a vegan diet for 6 months resulted in decreased calorie and fat intake, as well as faster short-term weight loss, compared to a low-calorie, omnivorous diet. Some research also suggests that vegan‐ism may be beneficial for blood sugar control and could help reduce your risk of diabetes.
People decide to adopt vegan‐ism for different reasons, such as ethical concerns or religious principles. Others may decide to become vegan to decrease their ecological footprint, as plant-based diets are thought to generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions and use fewer natural resources. Still, the environmental impact of any diet depends on multiple factors, including the way that foods are produced, packaged, and transported. Some also decide to follow a vegan diet for health reasons, as vegan-ism is associated with a multitude of benefits and may even help prevent certain chronic diseases.