Improving the overall quality of your diet helps to prevent Type 2 diabetes, according to a study presented at the American Diabetes Association's annual conference in San Francisco Saturday.
"If you improve other lifestyle factors you reduce your risk for Type 2 diabetes even more, but improving diet quality alone has significant benefits," Dr. Sylvia Ley, the study's lead researcher, said. "This is important because it is often difficult for people to maintain a calorie-restricted diet for a long time. We want them to know if they can improve the overall quality of what they eat -- consume less red meat and sugar-sweetened beverages, and more fruits, vegetables and whole grains -- they are going to improve their health and reduce their risk for diabetes."
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