Do not die from diabetes.
Research shows that children and adults who follow a plant-based diet have lower BMIs—the lowest BMIs are attributed to those who follow a vegan diet. In general, consuming large amounts of saturated fat, which is found in high levels in meats but low levels in plant-based foods, contribute to a high BMI.
Specifically, eating a significant amount of legumes has been associated with low BMIs and a low risk of obesity (the number one risk factor for diabetes).
- Keep your children’s BMI under 25.
You can calculate your children’s BMI with the following formula:
(Weight in pounds x 703) / height in inches / height in inches.
You can keep your children’s BMI under 25 by ensuring they eat a plant-based diet (vegan diets have been found to be the most effective).
- Eat more legumes.
Legumes include beans, split peas, chickpeas, and lentils.
- Do your best to avoid undergoing gastric bypass surgery.
Gastric bypass surgery reduces the size of the stomach by at least 90%. Although it has a successful long-term remission rate of 83%, there are major risks associated with the surgery, including bleeding, leakage, infections, herniation, and nutritional deficiencies.
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