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Eating fresh fruit helps prevent diabetes

Eating fresh fruit helps prevent diabetes, according to the latest research from University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Huaidong Du of Oxford and colleagues report that fresh fruit consumption was linked to a lower risk of diabetes, as well as reduced complications from diabetes.

The health benefits of fruits and vegetables are well known by now, as they have been confirmed in an immeasurable amount of studies. However, fruit consumption has always been controversial in diabetes sufferers, as most fruits do contain a lot of sugar.

Du and the research team followed almost 500,000 people who were part of the China Kadoorie Biobank for 7 years. They took note of diabetes and vascular disease incidences.

The researchers found that those who reported higher fruit consumption had a lower risk of developing diabetes when compared to the other participants.

Also, they found that people with diabetes who had high fruit consumption had a lower risk of death, which calculated to an absolute decrease in risk of 1.9% at 5 years.

Recently, the same team from Oxford University found more amazing benefits to fruit.

The study found that eating fresh fruit lowers heart attack and stroke risk. A 100g serving of fruit per day was associated with a 1/3 less risk of death from cardiovascular problems.

The association between fruit consumption and cardiovascular risk seems to be stronger in China, where many still eat little fruit, than in high-income countries where daily consumption of fruit is more common,” study author Dr Huaidong Du explained.

A recent Global Burden of Disease report put low fruit consumption as one of the leading causes of premature death in China. However, this was based on little evidence from China itself,” explained co-author and Professor Liming Li from Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences.

The study showing that eating fresh fruit helps prevent diabetes was published in the journal Plos One.

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REFERENCES:
1. “Fresh Fruit Consumption and Major Cardiovascular Disease in China.” New England Journal of Medicine. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2017.
2. “Fresh Fruit Consumption Linked to Lower Risk of Diabetes and Diabetic Complications.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2017.
3. “Fresh Fruit Consumption in Relation to Incident Diabetes and Diabetic Vascular Complications: A 7-y Prospective Study of 0.5 Million Chinese Adults.” PLOS Medicine. Public Library of Science, n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2017.

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