Wednesday, August 13, 2008

If You Do This, You May Not Get Diabetes

Free Glucose Meter DealsDon't drink fruit juice. Women who avoid juice and instead load up with green leafy vegetables and whole fruits have a better chance of never developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans. Do note this: If you have many other risk factors for developing the potentially deadly disease, including being overweight, not drinking fruit juice won't prevent it. Lead study author Dr. Lydia A. Bazzano told Reuters Health, "It's a tool in the prevention strategy."

The study: The Tulane team analyzed data over an 18-year period among 71,346 women enrolled in the Nurses' Health Study to determine the rates of type 2 diabetes. Out of the entire group, 4,529 developed the disease during the follow-up period. They divided the women into five groups based on their fruit and vegetable intake; in addition, they were grouped based on fruit juice consumption.

The results: For each additional three services of whole fruit that women ate daily there was an 18 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes. Those who ate one more serving of spinach, kale or other leafy green vegetable enjoyed a 9 percent lower risk. But adding one more daily serving of fruit juice increased the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes by 18 percent.

How does fruit juice up the risk of type 2 diabetes? "It's a big sugar load, and it comes in a liquid form which is absorbed rapidly," Bazzano told Reuters. The study findings were published in the July 2008 edition of Diabetes Care.

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