Harvard researchers have found that replacing the consumption of meat with nuts and whole grains can significantly lower one’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. An analysis of nearly 300,000 health professionals age 25 to 75 revealed that while a daily 50-gram serving of processed meat increased the risk of developing the disease by 51 percent, replacing that serving with the same-size portion of nuts or whole grains actually decreased the likelihood by more than 20 percent. Frank Hu, MD, PhD, one of the authors of the study, comments to The New York Times, “We’re talking about switching from a meat-centered diet to a more plant-based diet for the prevention of diabetes and other chronic diseases.”
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