As of 2018, some 34.2 million people of all ages in the U.S. (or about 10.5% of the population) had diabetes, per the CDC’s 2020 National Diabetes Statistics Report. It’s important to keep in mind that type 2 diabetes accounts for 90%-95% of all diabetes cases. An estimated 345 million people are currently at risk of developing this medical condition.
However, experts regularly say that eating a predominantly plant-based diet can help protect you from chronic disease. While some risk factors are out of your control (age, gender, and family history), others are within grasp (diet, smoking, and physical activity).