Tackling Diabetes: PCRM Thinks Outside Research Box
With U.S. diabetes rates projected to double by 2050, reporters and scientists alike are showing a growing interest in PCRM’s innovative diabetes research. Featured in Newsweek and other major publications and funded by the National Institutes of Health, PCRM’s study is testing the efficacy of a low-fat vegan diet for individuals with type 2 diabetes.
In a controlled research trial, PCRM president Neal D. Barnard, M.D., and colleagues are comparing the diet to the more typical diet recommendations made by the American Diabetes Association.
The study began in late 2003 and will continue until 2006. The 106 participants are randomly assigned one of the diets and attend weekly meetings for support and diet instruction. The research team is tracking the effect of the diets on glucose control, cholesterol, blood pressure, and other factors. Also involved in the study are researchers from the George Washington University and the University of Toronto.
PCRM conducted a similar study in the late 1990s which found that a vegetarian diet reduced or eliminated the need for medicines in two-thirds of the study participants. Those results were published in the August 1999 edition of Preventive Medicine.