"Adults age 40 and over with diagnosed diabetes who reported receiving four recommended services for diabetes in the calendar year (2+ hemoglobin A1c tests, foot exam, dilated eye exam, and flu shot), by race/ethnicity, 2008-2009" -Agency for Health Research and Qaulity
A European study found that high levels of a certain renal acid can greatly increase risk of type 2 diabetes. The study found that while meat raises the level of this acid, fruits and vegetables lower it.
I just read a post on Grist about it entitled, "Meat-based diets linked with type 2 diabetes; vegans everywhere get smug." I know, it’s baiting, but I would have read it anyway for the former part of the title (though I clicked only to find a study I read about in July). But let me tell you, I haven’t read something so aggressively, preemptively defensive in quite a while. I don’t care if she calls me smug, I’ll be that, but what is really shocking to me is that a study comes out that could help prevent a growing epidemic and this writer’s first response is to feel personally threatened by the boon it may give to the vegan cause.
At no point does the post address the fact that type 2 diabetes disproportionately affects people of color, who are also some of the same populations negatively affected by disparities in health care. Given those factors, preventative medicine would be REALLY helpful in this particular scenario. Of course, there’s the issue of food deserts that complicates the matter. But forget that discussion, let’s dismiss the significance of this information and attack vegans. That seems in line with Grist’s values.
Basically, Richmond does not care about nor see the importance of this new data beyond the question, “how will this affect my witty conversations?” Because I’m sure she has a great bit about vegans and heaven forbid actual data steal her thunder. But hey, Richmond! Do not fret! There has always been a ton of support points for veganism, and you’ve still managed to remain unscathed, living to image search “bacon” another day. So you’ll be OK—just cross your fingers about that pesky diabetes! Goodness knows there’s nothing else to be done about it.
And to wrap up our Thanksgiving coverage and bring us into the December holidays: Vegan Eggnog Cheesecake. That is all.
Well, nothing big this week happened in the farm animal world…
One thing that definitely wasn’t big was merely the largest settlement in any animal abuse case ever (farm animal or otherwise).
Also pretty minor is that Al Gore adopted a vegan diet, and that the always-wonderful Jane Velez-Mitchell had me on CNN Headline News to discuss the former VP’s decision.
And, in the largest turkey production state in the US, here’s some coverage of Compassion Over Killing’s latest turkey breeding factory undercover investigation.
And of course, it’s no big deal that both Forbes and the Wall Street Journal this week ran great profiles on Hampton Creek’s efforts to eliminate battery cages.
Onion article of the week: “Factory-Farm-To-Table Restaurant Proudly Serves Locally Tortured Animals.”
Cartoon of the week: MUTTS on Thanksgiving.
Video of the week: This turkey is crazy! If you’ve never seen a turkey wresting with a German shepherd, today’s your lucky day.
Happy (late) Thanksgiving, Vegansaurus! We have been loving all the delicious photos.
Cilantro-lime cranberry sauce, quinoa, mashed potatoes and gravy, french bread stuffing, brussel sprouts with sweet potato and balsamic vinegar, and Tofurkey!
A Thanksgiving vegan lentil burguinon from Sonia!
A veggie-filled vegan thanksgiving feast from Ginnette!
This vegan thanksgiving comes to us from Matt! He made Jenny’s corn casserole!
Vegan Mushroom Duxelle and Vegan Spinach Artichoke dip submitted by Patti! A lovely start to a holiday meal. I’m so jeals, I love spinach artichoke dip but it’s never vegan!
The Germans don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but funnily enough, they have a word for it: Erntedankfest (literally “Harvest gratitude festival”). For the past three years I have been sharing one of my favorite holidays with a few American friends also in Berlin, as well as bringing the Germans (and other foreigners) in on this tasty (vegan) secret.
This year’s menu consisted of:
Seitan Roast Stuffed with Shiitakes and Leeks
Caramelized Onion-Butternut Roast with Chestnuts
Mashed Spiced Sweet Potatoes
Apple, Sausage, and Sage Sourdough Stuffing
Baby Bok Choy with Crispy Shallots and Sesame Seeds
Pumpkin Coconut Soup
Crustless Pumpkin Pie
She’s My Cherry Pie