A vegetarian diet can help reduce blood sugar and body weight, according to a new study.
The men who participated in this study, they ate for several weeks vegetarian meals saw an increase in their gastrointestinal hormones, which help regulate glucose metabolism, secrete insulin, increase energy during the day and control weight, according to the results published in the January issue of the journal Nutrients
"These beneficial intestinal hormones can help maintain weight, increase insulin secretion, regulate blood sugar and stimulate the feeling of fullness for longer," said Hana Kahleova, who heads the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and principal author of the study, in a press release. "The fact that simple food choices can increase the secretion of these healthy hormones has important implications for people with type 2 diabetes or weight problems."
For the study, 60 men were observed on a vegetarian diet. The group consisted of 20 obese men, 20 with type 2 diabetes and 20 healthy, each consuming the same amount of calories and the proportion of macronutrients.
Previous studies have shown that vegetarian diets can help improve the mental state of people with type 2 diabetes. This study confirms that they can also have a beneficial effect on the control and management of blood glucose in people with diabetes. type 2
Within the study, the three groups of men reported being satiated after eating vegetarian meals. Researchers say vegetarian diets can make a person feel full without adding calories from non-vegetarian diets. "This study contributes to growing evidence that plant-based diets can help control and prevent type 2 diabetes and obesity," said Kahleova.
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