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Diabetes Risk Linked to Lack of Fruits, Vegetables

Diabetes has long been tied to certain lifestyle factors that include diet, but a new study has shed some light on the role of positive influences in the diet and risk of developing the largely lifestyle-based condition.

And even putting diabetes prevention aside, eat your veggies has been medical advice since the dawn of creation. So a study concerning fruits and veggies and diabetes is probably old news to many, but it does go into some of the specific aspects of a diet that work to prevent the serious health condition.

Researchers in England looked data from 3,704 adults between the ages of 40 to 79, 653 of whom developed type 2 diabetes during the course of the study. At the start of the study, all participants kept a week-long food diary. While the findings weren’t drastic, they did demonstrate that those who consumed a larger proportion of fruits and vegetables to all food consumed were far less likely to develop diabetes than those whose diet was not made up of such significant amounts of fruit and veggies.

Participants were divided into thirds, and of the third with the highest intake (averaging about six servings of fruit and vegetables per day), 16% were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Those in the lowest third of veggie consumers developed diabetes at a rate of 21% of all participants, compared to their kale-munching counterparts.

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Researchers conceded, however, that several other factors were at play in the study, including the fact that those who eat more fruits and vegetables tend to smoke less, be active physically more and embrace other habits associated with a healthy lifestyle.

The study was published in the journal Diabetes Care.