Eating an additional 2 ounces of fruit can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes by as much as 25%. *
“Both research teams say their findings support recommendations to increase fruit, vegetable and whole grain consumption. A healthy diet can prevent type 2 diabetes,”Jesse Slome, director of the American Association of Critical Illness Insurance
Higher fruit diet, July 9, 2020. Eat more fruit, vegetables and whole grain foods. The benefit is a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The findings were published in The BMJ (the British Medical Journal).
The researchers in one study calculate that a 66 grams (2.3 ounces) per day increase in total fruit and vegetable intake was associated with a 25% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Some 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). In 2015, ADA reported that 88 million Americans age 18 and older had prediabetes.
The number of adults living with diabetes continues to rise. The most common of diabetes is type 2. Some 90 to 95 percent of people with diabetes in the United States have type 2. Just 5 percent of people have type 1.
A second study is included in the report. Researchers in the United States examined associations between total and individual whole grain food intake and type 2 diabetes. Their findings are based on 158,259 women and 36,525 men who were free from diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Participants and were taking part in the Nurses’ Health Study, Nurses’ Health Study II, and Health Professionals Follow-Up Study.
Whole grain consumption resulted in 29% lower rate
The researchers adjusted for lifestyle and dietary risk factors for diabetes. Participants in the highest category for total whole grain consumption had a 29% lower rate of type 2 diabetes. That compared with those in the lowest category.
The researchers examined consuming one or more servings a day. Whole grain cold breakfast cereal or dark bread was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. The numbers (19% and 21% respectively) compared with consuming less than one serving a month.
“Both research teams say their findings support recommendations to increase fruit, vegetable and whole grain consumption. A healthy diet can prevent type 2 diabetes,” says Jesse Slome, director of the American Association for Critical Illness Insurance. “This is especially valuable for individuals who typically consume low levels as it could help to prevent type 2 diabetes.”
Healthy Habits News, published by the American Association for Critical Illness Insurance
This Healthy Habits News report is published by the American Association for Critical Illness Insurance (AACII). AACII advocates for the importance of planning for the financial implications of various health conditions. The Los Angeles based organization maintains an extensive website. Consumers can access the latest information on cancer, heart attacks, strokes. Use the Association’s free cost calculator to find costs for $10,000 of cancer insurance coverage. Jesse Slome is director. Slome also serves as director of the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance. In addition he heads the American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance.