Some vegetables can reduce risk of Type 2 Diabetes

A study published in the journal Diabetes Care highlighted that vegetable intake other than potato could help lower risk of Type 2 Diabetes by helping lower body mass index (BMI). BMI is a value derived from the mass (weight) and height of a person. BMI is defined as the body mass divided by the square of the body height, and is expressed in units of kg/m2, resulting from mass in kilograms and height in meters.

54,793 people participated in the study and 7,695 cases of Type 2 Diabetes were recorded during a median follow-up of 16.3 years. Those whose diet included an average vegetable intake (other than potato) of 319 g per day had lower BMI and had a 21 per cent lower risk of incident Type 2 Diabetes. People whose diet included an average potato intake 256 g per day  had a 9 per cent greater risk of onset of Type 2 Diabetes. The study determined that higher intake of green leafy and cruciferous vegetables was associated with a statistically significantly lower risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

Source: Diabetes Care, 2024

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