Like the common adage among healthcare practitioner, which says” You are what you eat”, scientists have found a new secret of healthy living, which could cut the risks of diabetes and other related complications. The secret is nothing than eating fresh fruits and vegetables daily.
Although early studies have advised against the consumption of fresh fruits in diabetics and non-diabetics, due the claims of their high sugar content, which could generally predispose people to diabetes and other related diseases.
However, according to the research conducted by scientists from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, which was aimed at investigating the health effects of consuming fresh fruit in patients both with and without diabetes, it was published in the journal PLOS Medicine.
The findings, as published on Medical News Today, showed that people who did not have diabetes at the beginning of the study and consumed fresh fruit in high amounts had a significantly lower risk of diabetes. Additionally, those who had diabetes 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.
More specifically, in comparison with the other study participants, those who consumed fresh fruit daily had a 12 percent lower relative risk of developing diabetes.
There is no gainsaying the fact that diabetes affects more than 420 million people worldwide and more than 29 million people in the United States alone.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), diabetes caused more than 1.5 million deaths in 2012. In the U.S., diabetes is a leading cause of death, accounting for almost 80,000 yearly deaths, according to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to the team leader Huaidong Du of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, he said they examined the effects of fruit consumption on almost 500,000 people enrolled in the China Kadoorie Biobank national study. Participants were aged between 30 and 79 and lived in 10 different areas across China.
While the participants were clinically followed for approximately 7 years, 9,504 cases of diabetes were identified in participants who did not have diabetes at the beginning of the study.