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Eating more whole fruits may lower diabetes risk.

Certain fruits may be more effective at reducing your diabetes risk than others, and fruit juice may raise your risk, according to a study published online August 29, 2013 in the British Medical Journal.

Researchers analyzed data collected from more than 187,000 study participants between 1994 and 2008. During the study period, 6.5 percent of participants developed type 2 diabetes. The researchers examined total fruit consumption of fruit and fruit juices, as well as individual types of fruit, and found that eating at least two servings a week of blueberries, grapes, and apples was associated with a 23 percent risk reduction for diabetes compared with participants who ate less than one serving of these fruits per month. They also discovered that participants who drank one or more servings of fruit juice each day had a higher risk of developing diabetes.

Blood glucose levels rise more rapidly after drinking juice than eating fruit, which may account for the higher diabetes risk.

In addition to including whole fruits in your diet, eating vegetables, whole grains, and other plant foods, along with exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight, reduce the risk of developing diabetes.

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Publication:Women's Nutrition Connection
Date:Nov 1, 2013
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