Eating more fruits, vegetables can cut diabetes risk by 25%

Eating more fruits, vegetables and whole-grain foods could lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, two new studies suggest.

In one study, researchers looked at more than 9,700 people who developed type 2 diabetes and over 13,600 who didn’t. Participants were from eight European countries and part of a long-term cancer and nutrition study.

After adjusting for lifestyle, and social and dietary risk factors for diabetes, people with the highest levels of fruit and vegetable consumption were 50 per cent less likely to develop diabetes than those with the lowest levels, the researchers found.

Every 66 grams a day or 2.3 ounces increase in total fruit and vegetable intake was associated with a 25 per cent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, Nita Forouhi, of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and colleagues calculated.

The other study included more than 158,000 U.S. women and over 36,000 U.S. men.