Healthy eating as children can help prevent diabetes. Reuters Health reported on Friday that a recent study showed that eating more blueberries, apples and pears may be linked to lower risk of diabetes. The study referred to in their article shows an association with a lower risk of diabetes, but didn’t prove that the fruits actually prevent diabetes.
The study tracked the dietary patters of 200,000 men and women and found that “blueberry-lovers had a 23 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with those who ate no blueberries. People who ate five or more apples a week also had a 23 percent lower risk compared with those who didn’t eat apples.”
These results agree with a Finnish report related to consumption of berries and apples and diabetes risk.
Some people worry that fruit sugar raises blood glucose levels too rapidly, but other substances in fruit such as fibers may have benefits for diabetics. Dr. Loren Greene, a professor of medicine at New York University who was not involved in the study says, “It argues very nicely for the consumption of whole fruits rather than fruit juices.”