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    Vegan Diet Improves Diet Quality, Cardiovascular Disease Risk, and Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes A low-fat vegan diet is associated with better diet quality,
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      Vegan Diet Improves Diet Quality, Cardiovascular Disease Risk, and
      Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

      A low-fat vegan diet is associated with better diet quality, weight
      management, and blood glucose control compared to the American
      Diabetes Association (ADA) dietary recommendations for diabetes,
      according to a study by PCRM researchers published in the October
      2008 Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Ninety-nine adults
      with type 2 diabetes were randomly assigned to follow either a low-
      fat vegan diet or the ADA dietary guidelines for 22 weeks. The vegan
      diet significantly improved the Alternate Healthy Eating Index score,
      which reflects better diet quality and has been associated with lower
      risk for cardiovascular disease. The vegan group consumed more
      carbohydrate, fiber, and several micronutrients. The vegan group also
      lost more weight and displayed better glucose control compared to the
      ADA group. Long-term adherence to a low-fat vegan diet may reduce the
      risk of major chronic diseases, particularly cardiovascular disease,
      in people with type 2 diabet es.

      Turner-McGrievy GM, Barnard ND, Cohen J, Jenkins DJA, Gloede L, Green
      AA. Changes in nutrient intake and dietary quality among participants
      with type 2 diabetes following a low-fat vegan diet or a conventional
      diabetes diet for 22 weeks. J Am Diet Assoc. 2008;108:1636-1645.


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