Vegetarian diet can help reduce risk of diabetes in African-Americans by as much as 70%, study finds

LOS ANGELES , November 10, 2011 () – A study found that African-Americans who followed had a vegan diet could reduce their chances of developing diabetes by as much as 70%, the International Business Times reported Nov. 6.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 14.7% of all African-Americans over the age of 20 have diabetes. The study by Loma Linda University found that African-Americans who followed a vegan diet reduced their diabetes risk by 70%. Vegetarians who consumed dairy but not meat — lacto-ovo vegetarians — had a 53% les risk of developing the disease, the study said.

Additionally, African-Americans who exercised three or more times a week reduced their chances of developing diabetes by 35%, the study said.

The primary source of this article was the International Business Times located in New York, New York on Nov. 6, 2011.

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