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Higher Whole-Grain Intake Is Associated with Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes among Middle-Aged Men and Women: The Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health Cohort.

​Consistent consumption of whole grains may help diminish the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

​This study examined whether diets high in whole grains can prevent the development of type 2 diabetes. Researchers surveyed 55,465 men and women between the ages of 55-65 years recruited from the Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health cohort. Over the course of the study, approximately 7,417 persons develop type 2 diabetes.

Researchers found out that the tendency of type 2 diabetes occurring in high consumers of whole grains was low. Daily consumption of a serving of whole grains was found to reduce type diabetes risk by 11% in men and 7% in women. This study adds to the body of literature describing the protective effect of whole grains against type 2 diabetes.

Research Summary Information

  • 2018
  • Kyrø C, Tjønneland A, Overvad K, Olsen A, Landberg R.
  • Danish Cancer Society Research Center, Copenhagen, Denmark. Section for Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark. Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Food and Nutrition Science, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. Department of Molecular Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.
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  • No. Source of funding disclosure not found
  • No. Potential conflicts disclosure not found
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