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Improving diet quality reduces risk for Type 2 diabetes

Written by: QMI Agency
Jun. 14, 2014

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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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Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that those who consumed more whole grains, fruits and vegetables and less sweetened beverages and saturated fats reduce their risk for Type 2 diabetes by about 20%, compared to those who made no changes to their diets.

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