Diabetes Risk FactorsMany of us know what is diabetes and what are its main causes or symptoms. Diabetes mellitus is a very serious health condition linked to inability of our body control the blood glucose levels and decreased ability to use insulin. This disease is becoming more and more common, and the factors like leading a sedentary lifestyle, being overweight, having a family history of diabetes, or suffering from elevated blood pressure, can substantially increase our risks of diabetes. Unfortunately, the mentioned diabetes risk factors are present in most of modern people and make the threat of diabetes epidemic more and more real for today’s society. It is predicted that by the year 2030, over 5 million people in the UK will have developed this very serious health condition.

At the same time, a lot of us are very well aware about the most important diabetes risk factors, so many people are trying to lead a healthy lifestyle, do plenty of exercise, control own sugar consumption, and monitor blood sugar levels, in order to prevent diabetes or start treating it on the very onset stage. In addition, there is a great deal of scientific researche and studies are being carried out aiming to find out how to lower the effects of diabetes-evoking factors and lower the risks of diabetes for all of us. risks of diabetesAccording to the new findings of US scientists published recently in one of the issues of the American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition, consuming fruits like apples, pears, or blueberries on a regular basis is linked to lower risks of diabetes mellitus.

An expert group at the Harvard School of Public Health carried out a special study and analyzed the data on eating habits of about 200,000 people, both women and men, collected for 24 years in the framework of three huge lasting studies by American health care specialists. Mainly, the information was received from the questionnaires about the consumed foods which participants were asked to fill regularly. For the beginning of the study, no one of the participants was diagnosed with diabetes, and by the end of the research, as much as 12,600 of the participants developed this health condition as a result of being exposed to one or several diabetes risk factors.

The participants were divided in several groups, according to their preferred natural anti-diabetes food. For example, those who liked eating blueberries (regularly consumed one-two portions) had 23 per cent lower chances of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those people who do not eat blueberries at all. The same can be said about apple-lovers: those who eat apples every day have 23 per cent cut risks of diabetes mellitus. These results were received after taking into account other important diabetes risk factors like smoking, being overweight, etc. Thus, consuming foods rich in flavonoids like blueberries or apples can assist in lowering the risks of diabetes. However, the scientists underline the importance of consuming the very fruits, not juices or purees, because the fruits are also rich in dietary fiber which plays a role in diabetes prevention.

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