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Green leafy vegetables cut diabetes mellitus (type 2) risk

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A new study published in British Medical Journal has found eating high amounts of green leafy vegetables helps significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus risk.

The study led by Patrice Carter at the University of Leicester analysed data from previous studies and found men and women who ate one and a half extra servings of green leafy vegetables a day reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus by 14 percent.

The researchers reviewed six studies involving 220,000 men and women to examine the association between fruit and vegetable consumption and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Although eating green leafy vegetables helped cut the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus, eating more fruit and vegetables in general categories did not seem to help lower the risk.

Carter et al. believe that the risk reduction may be due to antioxidants and magnesium in green leafy vegetables like spinach.

In an accompanying editorial, Jim Mann from the University of Otago in New Zealand cautioned that the study by Patrice carter should not give the public an impression that fruit and other vegetables do not help reduce.

The study authors noted that a small number of studies did link consumption of fruit and vegetables in general renders a small reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Studies have found plant-based diet is more effective at preventing diabetes than the current analysis suggested.

Many studies have linked consumption of various vegetables to lower risk of diabetes.

One study published in the April 2009 issue of the journal of Medicinal Food found that Koren kimchi made of Chinese cabbage possesses an antidiabetic effect.

The animal study led by Islam MS and Choi H from S from Seoul National University shows that feeding rats with diabetes induced by high fat diet Kimchi helped lower fasting blood glucose and provided better glucose tolerance.

Many other lifestyle parameters including use of black tea, vitamin D, plant-based diet, soy products, brown rice, omega-3 fatty acids, can be modified to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a common disease in the developed countries. The disease affects about 20 million Americans.

Although there is no cure provided by Western medicine, type 2 diabetes mellitus in many cases can be prevented by following a healthy lifestyle including an adequate diet including high intake of vegetables.

By David Liu

 

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Allen P. Kovacs, Ph.D. on 08/20/2010 15:44:23
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I must remind the public food is not medicine and the best way to avoid diabetes is to do physical work. My mother died of dibetic complications and my sister has the disease now. My glucous level was recently recorded at 80 and I'm 61 years old. Despite extensive family history with diabetes I've maintained perfect health by doing physical work and heavy weightlifting following an anaerobic, low-oxidative fast twitch training program. My proof is validated by 37 years of performing weightlifting. But I also eat spinach too.

Allen P. Kovacs, Ph.d.
supporting a smarter, kinder and healtier America.
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Robert Campbell on 08/20/2010 16:20:59
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Get yourself a Vitamix, with mine I am able to easily consume 8 ounces of spinach every single day in the form of a very delicious and nutrious and filling smoothing. Take 4 cups spinish, 1 apple, about 5 oz of pineapple and a banana, blend (puree) and drink. This is my lunch, no hunger afterwards and I've lost 15 lbs in about 2 months and it has stayed off in the 4 months since with this single change.
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Barbara on 08/20/2010 16:23:26
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Yes physical exercise is very important but so is the diet. You need to do both to combat the disease. What you EAT is so important even if you are on medication and the right choice of foods can help keep you off medication. Now we are hearing that how much fat you eat is more important that the sugar. I'm blogging about my experiences as a newer diabetic. Take a look at diabetestype2info.***
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OrganicOranges.Com on 08/20/2010 16:23:33
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Food is your best medicine!!!

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James Yun on 08/20/2010 16:54:06
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My spouse and I are Type 2 diabetes. We are seniors. We have been suffered since about 20 years ago. She have serious diabetes and high blood pressure and I have blood glucose and a little low blood pressure about ten degrees each. Would you recommend us good method and strategy? Thank you.
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Janet on 08/20/2010 17:37:25
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Sadly the true inofrmation about diabetes is kept from the people by the drug companies.

The drug companies made billions off of diabetics last year and so did the so called charity.

A filmmaker has been reversing diabetes in many countries WITHOUT MEDICATION and it is still not told to the USA people

Just google SPIRIT HAPPY DIET
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wickhamster on 09/16/2010 06:35:32
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How is the filmmaker any better than the drug companies?

All he wants is money.
Apparently 'the true information about diabetes is kept from the people' by the filmmaker as well.

Why won't he tell? Afraid it won't make him rich, like the drug companies!

If you 'just google SPIRIT HAPPY DIET' make sure you have your wallet ready!
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Dharmendra on 10/07/2010 22:26:25
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Genius, you have provided a nice piece of information.
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