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Whole Fruit Appears to Protect Against Diabetes

Fruit juices, instead of whole fruit, increased the risk of type 2 diabetes.

In a longitudinal observation study researchers found eating more fruit, especially apples, blueberries and grapes, lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes. Each 3 additional servings of whole fruit reduced the diabetes risk by a significant 2%. However, the same amount of fruit juice actually raised the risk by 8%. Research is ongoing to determine the causes behind these findings.

PositiveTip: Eat more whole fruit, including apples, blueberries and grapes--especially if they are substitutes for unhealthy foods!

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Diabetes and Red Meat Consumption

Just one serving of red meat daily increases type II diabetes risk by almost 20%.

In the largest study of its kind (204,157 participants followed for 20+ years), Harvard University researchers have found that using whole grains, nuts or low-fat dairy such as yogurt to replace one daily serving of red meat can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 16-35%. Eating only 4 ounces of red meat per day raised the risk by 19%. Using processed meats like hot dog or sausage increased the risk by 51%.

PositiveTip: Sugary sweets and sodas are not the only thing that increases the risk of diabetes--limit your red meat consumption to lower your risk.

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Mediterranean-style Diet with Lots of Vegetables Helps Newly Diagnosed Diabetics

A pharmaceutical order need not be the first resort for newly diagnosed diabetics.

Investigators in Naples, Italy compared a Mediterranean-sytle diet with a low-fat American Heart Association (AHA) diet in a four year study of patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes. Participants were overweight (BMI=>25), had glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels above 11%, and were not on diabetic medications. Both diets contained the same number of calories and were rich in whole grains.