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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Breaking News by CNN (?really????)

Copied over here without (err... ) permission from

This news was released first just a few days ago, on July 28th 2006 and was read by millions of people. What about celebrating ourselves a little?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- People who ate a low-fat vegan diet, cutting out all meat and dairy, lowered their blood sugar more and lost more weight than people on a standard American Diabetes Association diet, researchers said this week.

They lowered their cholesterol more and ended up with better kidney function, according to the report published in Diabetes Care, a journal published by the American Diabetes Association.

Participants said the vegan diet was easier to follow than most because they did not measure portions or count calories. Three of the vegan dieters dropped out of the study, compared with eight on the standard diet.

"I hope this study will rekindle interest in using diet changes first, rather than prescription drugs," Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, which helped conduct the study, told a news conference Thursday.

An estimated 18 million Americans have type-2 diabetes, which results from a combination of genetics and poor eating and exercise habits. They run a high risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and limb loss.

Barnard's team and colleagues at George Washington University, the University of Toronto and the University of North Carolina tested 99 people with type-2 diabetes, assigning them randomly to either a low-fat, low-sugar vegan diet or the standard American Diabetes Association diet.

After 22 weeks on the diet, 43 percent of those on the vegan diet and 26 percent of those on the standard diet were either able to stop taking some of their drugs such as insulin or glucose-control medications, or lowered the doses.

The vegan dieters lost 14 pounds on average while the diabetes association dieters lost 6.8 pounds.

An important level of glucose control called a1c fell by 1.23 points in the vegan group and by 0.38 in the group on the standard diet.

Dropping drugs

A1c gives a measure of how well-controlled blood sugar has been over the preceding three months.

In the dieters who did not change whatever cholesterol drugs they were on during the study, LDL or "bad" cholesterol fell by 21 percent in the vegan group and 10 percent in the standard diet group.

The vegan diet removed all animal products, including meat, fish and dairy. It was also low in added fat and in sugar.

The American Diabetes Association diet is more tailored, taking into account the patient's weight and cholesterol. Most patients on this diet cut calories significantly and were told to eat sugary and starchy foods in moderation.

All 99 participants met weekly with advisers who advised them on recipes, gave them tips for sticking to their respective diets and offered encouragement.

"We have got a combination here that works successfully," said Dr. David Jenkins of the University of Toronto, who worked on the study. "The message that we so often get with diet is that it is no good because nobody follows it for very long."

Dr. Joshua Cohen, George Washington University associate professor of medicine, said everyone found to have diabetes is told to start eating more carefully.

"That may be among the hardest things that any of us can do," Cohen told the news conference.
The vegan diet "is at least as good, if not better than, traditional approaches," Cohen said.
Vance Warren, a 36-year-old retired police officer living in Washington, said he lowered his a1c from 10.4, considered uncontrolled diabetes, to 5.1, considered a healthy level, over 18 months. "My life is much better being 74 pounds lighter," Warren told the news conference.

Oh! and if you are from Colorado, what about participating into this other vegan study, put on by the Vegan Society Of Colorado! I am not totally sure they are still running this: I have emailed them but got no reply. Anyhow, I thought it was worth posting. Track all your food for one week, help understand the advantages of a vegan diet and get your food evaluation by mail: pretty grand no?


Blogger KleoPatra said...

Ooh, interesting study there out of Colorado... thanks, t.!

4:05 am  
Blogger Dori said...

Hey... I think you are saying I am one healthy person whohas made some very wise decisons concerning my diet. Thanks for the confirmation (and I won;t tell CNN where I got the info).

4:53 am  
Blogger Ferocious Killer Kat said...

I keep telling my folks back home that go Vegan.. and then list out all the health benefits.. but they wanna remain lactarians.. now I'm gonna try again with this one and see what they think!

8:26 am  
Blogger t. said...

I recently managed to convince my mother to go vegan in an attempt to lower her scay cholesterole level: she is a pretty thin lady by the American standard (she is only 114 pounds or so). Yet, her last blood test gave out scary results: her cholesterole was in the 260 and up range, up 60 points in just a few months without medication (or chocolate).

Well, after a month and a half, not even, of medication and veganism, she sits in the healthy range! Her test came back with a flattering 176 a few days ago and I am jaded! Sure thing she is taking meds as well but by her own admission, she has never experienced such a dramatical drop while she was on those same meds before. She may abandon medications alltogether at the end of the month if she sticks to a vegan diet, after a doctor visit scheduled then.

2:39 pm  
Blogger Urban Vegan said...

We vegans should be so haughty...but we're not, thank goodness.

3:35 am  
Anonymous cindy said...

Very awesome post. I have read about vegan diets and type 2 diabetes before, but it is nice to see it getting some international press. I tried to tell my dad that he could stop his medications if he adopted a vegan diet, but so far he is not game.

11:41 pm  

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