…especially in the African American/black community. Approximately 40% of people with diabetes don’t know it; the percentage is higher for African-Americans. A new study, “Vegetarian diets and incidence of diabetes in the Adventist Health Study-2” by Loma Linda University School of Public Health looks at the incidence of type 2 diabetes among the African American/Black community in light of dietary factors – vegan v. vegetarian v. non-vegetarian. The study focused on black members of the Adventist Church (since they are encouraged to have a vegetarian diet, avoid smoking and alcohol consumption as part of their faith) and compared the risk/prevalence of type 2 diabetes in this population to that of a general African American/black community. They found that
only vegan and lacto ovo vegetarian diets were associated with a decreased risk of diabetes…the protection [against type 2 diabetes] afforded by vegan diets … was 70% and by lacto ovo vegetarian diets…50% suggesting that a vegetarian-type diet may be a way to counteract the increased diabetes risk for Blacks.
the Black/African American population carries an increased risk of diabetes, and could potentially benefit from a vegetarian diet …Higher income and increased exercise as well as vegan and lacto ovo vegetarian diets were protective against diabetes
There is a common misconception among the black American community that general health recommendations do not apply to them, but they do! The study in general saw that black folks (and everyone else!) are protected by eating more veggies and getting more exercise. This protection isn’t just restricted to diabetes, but eating more veggies could reduce breast cancer risks, which are more aggressive in African American women. African American women are also more likely to be obese than white women, and this consequently increases mortality in black women.
Eating more veggies, more exercise, and basically adopting a healthier lifestyle will protect against many life threatening diseases.