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‘Eastern’ diet could prevent diabetes: Expert

‘Eastern’ diet could prevent diabetes: Expert
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First Published: Tue, Jan 15 2008. 01 44 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Jan 15 2008. 01 44 PM IST
PTI
Coimbatore: As country’s diabetes rates soar, an American expert today said that type II diabetes can be dramatically kept under control by avoiding “western” food.
“The westernization of the diet has led to a health crisis and what we need is an easternization of dietary practices worldwide,” Neal Barnard, a noted nutrition researcher with US-based National Institute of Health, said.
Diet proved to be three times more powerful than oral medicines to help control the disease, particularly type II diabetes, Barnard, who is scheduled to address a seminar at a city hospital on 17January, said in a statement here.
Proper diet also significantly lowered cholesterol and high blood pressure, he added. Quoting World Health Organization projections, he said that diabetes rates in India were set to double in coming years, afflicting nearly 80 million people by 2030.
According to a study conducted in Washington, even people with longstanding diabetes and weight problems linked to the disease have their conditions partially reversed by switching over to low-fat vegetarian diet that also excludes dairy products, he said.
“We have high hopes that due to historical and religious influences in India, it will be easier for patients to adapt a non-meat, non-dairy diet than for Americans, although the research team was surprised to note how positively people beset with physical problems and facing a lifetime of medication embraced the diet in the US,” Barnard said.
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First Published: Tue, Jan 15 2008. 01 44 PM IST