Vegan diet linked to reduced Type-2 diabetes risk

London, Oct 31: A vegan diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and seeds, with few animal products, is linked to a significantly lower risk of developing Type-2 diabetes.The study explored that vegan diet is associated with improved psychological well-being in addition to a reduction in the risk factors for Type-2 diabetes, and heart diseases.For the study, researchers from the University of London, examined 433 people aged the mid-50s, on average.Results of the study, published in the journal BMJ, showed that while the quality of life -- both physical and emotional -- improved significantly, depressive symptoms and nerve pain (neuropathic pain) also improved in people on the plant-based diet.In addition to a sharp fall of blood glucose levels in those who cut out or ate very few animal products, these participants also lost nearly twice as much weight.The fall in blood fats -- a risk factor for cardiovascular disease -- was also greater in those on plant-based diets.Those following a vegan diet were able to discontinue the drugs they were taking for their diabetes or high blood pressure."Furthermore, plant-based diets could potentially improve diabetic neuropathic pain and the levels of total cholesterol, cholesterol and triglycerides in Type-2 diabetes," the team said.IANS