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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