Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Eat Fruits to Reduce Risk of Diabetes

Did you know that eating fruit can be helpful in reducing your risk of Type 2 Diabetes? In fact according to researchers from Harvard School of Public Health by eating just 3 servings of fruit per week there is a beneficial effect of lowering the risk for Type 2 diabetes. Further, certain fruits were more closely associated with reduced risk of diabetes-especially blueberries, grapes and apples!

Research on Eating Fruit to Lower Risk of Diabetes
According to this report eating certain whole fruits may reduce the risk for Type 2 diabetes, even though fruit juice consumption may increase the risk for diabetes. Investigators combined data from 3 studies: the Nurses' Health Study of more than 66,000 patients, the Nurses' Health Study II of more than 85,000 patients and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study with over 36,000 patients. The participants in all 3 studies completed questionnaires assessing health and lifestyle factors, including diet, every 2 years. The researchers excluded participants with a baseline diagnosis of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or cancer, as well as those who had missing data for fruit or fruit juice consumption or an extremely high or low caloric intake, and those who had an unclear date of diabetes diagnosis. The analysis was adjusted for personal, lifestyle, and dietary risk factors for diabetes. The researchers concluded that every 3 servings of fruit per week were associated with a lower risk for Type 2 diabetes.

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