Vegan Diet Rapidly Improves Type 2 Diabetes Markers in Adults

The 16-week randomized controlled trial in 73 adults showed that participants who ate a diet of vegetables, grains, legumes, and fruits significantly improved their overall metabolic condition, say Hana Kahleova, MD, PhD, of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, DC, and colleagues.

Previous studies have shown that the prevalence of diabetes is 46% to 74% lower in people who eat a plant-based diet compared with meat lovers in the general population, according to background information in the article.

A vegan diet has also been shown to improve glycemic control in type 2 diabetes better than calorie-restricted, low-carbohydrate diets, the researchers note.

You can access the Medscape article here.

This is a link to the online abstract.

Reminder — Beer, wine and whiskey are vegan!

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Hemoglobin A1c and Mortality in Older Adults With and Without Diabetes: Results From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (1988–2011)

CONCLUSIONS An HbA1c >8.0% was associated with increased risk of all-cause and cause-specific mortality in older adults with diabetes. Our results support the idea that better glycemic control is important for reducing mortality; however, in light of the conflicting evidence base, there is also a need for individualized glycemic targets for older adults with diabetes depending on their demographics, duration of diabetes, and existing comorbidities.

Source: Diabetes Care

Melanoma Incidence, Mortality Still Rising | Medpage Today

An estimated 76,380 new cases of invasive melanoma were diagnosed in 2016, and an additional 68,480 Americans had new diagnoses of in situ melanoma. Melanoma-associated mortality increased by about 1.5% a year during the study period, exceeding the statistical trajectory angle for incidence.

Source: Melanoma Incidence, Mortality Still Rising | Medpage Today