Diabetes Forecast

Healthier Food Choices Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk

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When it comes to diabetes prevention and overall health, eating high-quality foods makes all the difference. Researchers followed 148,484 participants in three large studies from 1986 through 2011. During that time, 9,134 developed type 2 diabetes. Researchers rated participants’ diet quality by using information about their food choices, such as how many healthful fruits and veggies or unhealthful red meats and sugar-sweetened beverages they consumed. People who improved their diet quality scores by 10 percent over four years reduced their risk for type 2 diabetes by about 20 percent compared with those whose scores didn’t change, regardless of how they were eating at the start.
Source: American Diabetes Association's 74th annual Scientific Sessions, June 2014



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