Overweight Boys Can Lower Risk of Diabetes

A study of about 63,000 Danish boys measured their BMI at ages 7 and 13. By the time they reached age 30, 11% had developed type 2 diabetes. When overweight boys lost weight between ages 7 and 13 and maintained healthy weight into early adulthood, their risk was very similar to those who were never…

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Choose Whole Fruits Over Fruit Juices

Researchers analyzed the eating habits of 187,000 Americans. They found eating whole fruits significantly reduced the risk of type-2 diabetes, while exclusive fruit juice consumption may slightly increase your risk. The fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals in fruit may all contribute to reduced risk. Commercial juicing often strips out these components, leaving sweet liquids that can elevate…

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Diabetes Risk and Red Meat

Increasing red meat consumption may be associated with the development of type 2 diabetes (T2DM). Researchers analyzed data from 149,000 individuals with up to 20 years follow-up. Red meat consumption was analyzed every 4 years by validated food frequency questionnaires. Those who increased their red meat consumption by one-half serving per day experienced a 48%…

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Whole Fruit Appears to Protect Against 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…

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Is it the Sugar?

Experimental and observational studies link sugar intake with the development of type 2 diabetes. Using econometric models of data from 175 countries, researchers have found that a 150 kcal/person/day increase in sugar availability (approximately 1 can of soda daily) increases the prevalence of diabetes by 1.1% (p = <0.001>) after controlling for a number of…

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Brown Rice Better

White rice is the primary type of rice eaten around the world. Asian populations consume 3-4 or more servings per day, while Western populations eat only 1-2 servings or less daily. A meta-analysis that included over 350,000 participants has shown that a high intake of white rice may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes…

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Diabetes and Red Meat Consumption

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…

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Soluble Fiber and Exercise Appears to Help Lessen Belly Fat Accumulation

Belly fat or visceral fat increases the risk of future impaired glucose tolerance and type 2 diabetes.  Studying African and Hispanic Americans researchers found that for every 10 grams of soluble fiber eaten daily, there was a decrease in visceral fat of 3.7% per five years while moderate exercise reduced the rate of visceral fat accumulation by…

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Whole Grains Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

An article published this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine documented the fact that whole grains have a powerful effect in preventing type 2 diabetes. This study included data from nearly 40,000 men and more than 150,000 women who were followed for several years.

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