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Eating blueberries could reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes

Eating blueberries, can reduce risk of developing type-2 diabetes by 26%, according to a research study.

While blueberries cut the risk by almost a quarter, researchers also found that eating grapes and raisins could cut the risk by 12%, prunes by 11%, while apples and pears by 7%.

Medical experts have always recommended blueberries be to be incorporated into a diabetics diet because of its high fiber content as the fibers and antioxidants ( polyphenols) can decrease the chances of developing diabetes because of its ability to increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin, and therefore diminish the risk rate.

This latest study funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, was conducted by researchers from the UK, US and Singapore, who used data from three groups of U.S, nurses and health workers who were surveyed about their eating habits and physical activity over almost two decades.

The participants included 151,209 women and 36,173 men.

The fruits in the study were grapes or raisins, peaches, plums or apricots, prunes, bananas, cantaloupe, apples or pears, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries and blueberries, and it showed that eating three servings per week of blueberries, grapes and raisins, and apples and pears all reduced the risk of type-2 diabetes.

However, drinking fruit juices instead of eating the whole fruits increased the chance of type 2 by 8%.

Fruit juices as we already learned from Dr. Robert Lustig, can be bad for your health as it overloads the body with fructose (sugar) and doesn’t give the body time to metabolize which results in higher blood sugar levels and insulin resistance.

The study also suggested that replacing fruit juice with blueberries could reduce the risk of contracting type-2 diabetes by 33%.

Qi Sun, study author and assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Harvard Medical School actually concurs with Lustig’s theory, saying that people should “replace fruit juice with solid fruits, maintaining the same energy level."

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