Prevent diabetes and related complications by eating fresh fruit

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diabetes-care(NaturalHealth365) Most people know that eating more fruit is good for health; however, those with diabetes and blood sugar issues may avoid it due to concerns about its sugar content. However, new research is showing that eating plenty of fresh fruit could help with preventing diabetes.

Over 420 million persons are affected by diabetes worldwide, with nearly 30 million afflicted with the condition in the U.S. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that diabetes causes around 1.5 million deaths around the world per year. In the U.S., diabetes causes around 80,000 deaths annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Study of fresh fruit and preventing diabetes first of its kind

The recent research was performed in the UK by a team at the University of Oxford. Their focus was the investigation of the health effects of fresh fruit in subjects with and without the condition of diabetes. No such studies had as yet been performed to investigate the effects of consuming fresh fruit related to diabetes and the risk of cardiovascular events related to the condition.

Nearly 500,000 people were examined in the China Kadoorie Biobank national study to assess the health effects of fresh fruit consumption. Participants were between 30 and 79 years of age and resided in a range of different areas around China. Participants were assessed and tracked clinically for around 7 years. During this time, 9,504 cases of diabetes arose in subjects who didn’t show signs of diabetes when the study began.

Results were adjusted based upon the participants’ age, sex, socioeconomic status, location, body mass index (BMI) and family health history related to diabetes.

Eating fresh fruit lowers diabetes risk by 12 percent

At the study outset, 18.8 percent of participants revealed they ate fresh fruit daily, while 6.4 percent reported they rarely or never consumed it. Those who had been previously diagnosed with diabetes were three times as likely to not consume fruit compared with those without diabetes or with screen-detected diabetes.

It was determined that those who consumed fresh fruit every day had a 12 percent lowered risk of diabetes compared with other study participants. Those who had diabetes at the outset but consumed fresh fruit at least four times per week lowered their risk of all-cause mortality by 17 percent had a 28 percent lowered risk of both minor and major cardiovascular issues. These included heart disease, stroke, eye disease, kidney diseases and neuropathy.

The study results were published in the journal PLOS Medicine.

Yet another reason to eat more fresh fruit

Those who didn’t show signs of blood sugar issues as the study began and also ate large amounts of fresh fruit showed a significantly lowered their risk to become diabetic.  Additionally, those who had blood glucose problems at the beginning of the study and consumed high amounts of fruit had a significantly lower risk of dying from any cause, as well as a lower risk of developing cardiovascular complications.

A diet rich in fresh fruit is already connected with a range of health benefits, and now it’s clear that it can help with preventing diabetes as well.  Of course, always favor organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible.

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  • Jamie Cox

    Best news yet! I thought fresh fruit was off limits for diabetics. This somehow made no sense to me. It should be part of a healthy diet. My neighbor who has type 2 diabetes is afraid to have fruit, but can eat plenty of pasta .Diabetes is something I take seriously as it runs in my family and fruit is something I will not cut from my diet.

  • Luke Haines

    All advice is usually revised after some time. The problem is takes years for this to happen, In that time many misinformed people are doing the wrong thing for years. This shouldn’t have been the advice people were hearing from the medical profession. Fruit has so many nutrients and that alone should have been considered.

  • Erica Meredith

    Sometimes you can’t listen to standard advice and you have to think for yourself. When my farther was first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes years ago he was told no fruit. What he didn’t understand is he hardly ever ate fruit and still got diabetes. This didn’t seem to make any sense to him. So what he did was cut way back on white flour products and lost some weight and never had that problem again.

  • Vivian Koeppel

    What a nice way to prevent this condition. I think this points to the fact that a whole food diet protects us from many chronic conditions.

  • Wendy Allen

    Gluten may cause Diabetes as it hurts glands and intestines so less nutrients like Cr/Mg absorb that help blood sugar.

    • Ty Shlackman

      Gluten doesn’t injure your body but it is a fuel source for viral and bacterial infections.

  • Ty Shlackman

    Eat fruit but limit the fat in your diet because too much fat in the diet causes insulin resistance and blocks the absorption of the beneficial natural sugars in fruit. Never combine fruit with animal products.