Recent research has found that black people who adopt vegetarian and vegan diets have a significantly reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A study published in the October edition of Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases surveyed 41,387 Seventh-day Adventists, including more than 7,000 blacks, about their lifestyles and diets, then grouped them by diet. Two years later, a follow-up questionnaire showed that black participants who followed a vegan diet had a 70 percent reduced risk of developing diabetes, and vegetarians had a 53 percent reduced risk. This conclusion can help to prevent millions of future diagnoses of diabetes, as blacks are 1.8 times more likely than non-Hispanic whites to develop diabetes.
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