Which means saying goodbye to animal protein sources in your diet. A recent study conducted by researchers in Finland found that plant protein was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, while persons with a diet rich in meat had a higher risk.
The study is a follow-up to earlier research, which spanned from 1984-1989. Researchers at the university analyzed the diets of 2,332 men between age 42 to 60 who did not have type 2 diabetes. During a follow-up, 19 years later, more than 400 men were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
The consumption of plant protein was also associated with lower blood glucose levels at the beginning of the study, which may explain the linkage of plant protein with reduced diabetes risk. In this study, grain products were the main source of plant protein, with other sources being potatoes and other vegetables.
The researchers also discovered an association of a high intake of meat with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes. The strongest association was seen in the consumption of meat in general, including processed and unprocessed red meat, white meat and variety meats.
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