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Whole Fruits, But Not Fruit Juices, Reduce The Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

August 29, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
The first study to examine the impact of individual fruits on the risk of type 2 diabetes has found that blueberries, grapes and apples are particularly effective at preventing the disease. However, the U.S. study found, drinking fruit juices significantly increased the risk. Researchers examined diet and health data gathered between 1984 and 2008 from 187,382 participants in threMore than 12,000 participants developed diabetes during the study period. People who ate at least two servings a week of certain whole fruits reduced their risk 23 percent compared to those who ate less than one serving a month. Those who consumed one or more servings of apple, orange, grapefruit, or other fruit juices each day increased their risk by 21 percent.
Isao Muraki et al., "Fruit consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes: results from three prospective longitudinal cohort studies", BMJ, August 29, 2013, © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd
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