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Higher intake of fruits, vegetables or their fiber reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes: A meta-analysis.

​Low type 2 diabetes risk is associated with increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, particularly blueberries, cruciferous vegetables, yellow vegetables, green leafy vegetables, and their fiber.

This study explored the relationship between high dietary ingestion of fruits, vegetables, fruit fiber, and vegetable fiber and the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers reviewed 21 scientific articles that examined the effect of regular intake of fruits, vegetables, and fiber from these food sources on type 2 diabetes risk.

The team of investigators found out that high intake of fruits and vegetables, especially blueberries, cruciferous vegetables, yellow vegetables, green leafy vegetables, and their fiber reduced the odds of developing type 2 diabetes. The findings of this meta-analysis reveal that regular ingestion of generous portions of fruits and vegetables may help protect individuals from developing type 2 diabetes.

Research Summary Information

  • 2016
  • Wang PY, Fang JC, Gao ZH, Zhang C, Xie SY.
  • Department of Biochemistry Binzhou Medical University YanTai ShanDong China. Genetics and Aging Research Unit MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease Department of Neurology Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School Charlestown Massachusetts USA.
  • Yes, Free full text of study was found:
  • No. Source of funding disclosure not found
  • No. Potential conflicts disclosure not found
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