Moderate drinking and antioxidant-rich foods can help prevent type 2 diabetes

Consuming fruits, vegetables, dark chocolates, as well as beverages like coffee and tea, and alcohol in moderation, can give you a high antioxidant level and help control diabetes.

fitness Updated: Nov 11, 2017 10:19 IST
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Fruits, dark chocolates and alcohol in moderate amounts can help reduce risk of type 2 diabetes. (Shutterstock)

People who consume food rich in antioxidants may observe a decrease in type 2 diabetes, reveals a new study. The study confirmed that fruits, vegetables, dark chocolates, walnuts, prunes, blueberries, strawberries or hazelnuts, and hot beverages like coffee and tea suffice to give you the antioxidant level required for diabetes control. Moderate consumption of alcohol curbs the risk.

“This link persists after taking into account other diabetes risk factors: smoking, education level, hypertension, high cholesterol levels, family history of diabetes and, above all, BMI (Body Mass Index), which is the most important factor,” clarifies Francesca Romana Mancini, lead author of the study and researcher at the French Institute of Health and Medical Research in France.

The researchers studied over 64,223 women for a period of 15 years. All the participants were free from diabetes risk at the time of inclusion in the study. The researchers prepared a database calculating the ‘total dietary antioxidant capacity’ of each participant based on their responses over various food items. The study published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, noted that diabetes risk diminished with the increasing amount of antioxidant consumption among the participants.

Women with the highest antioxidant scores had a reduction in diabetes risk of 27% compared with those having the lowest scores. Another study, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, mentioned that even a low calorie diet can reverse the risk of type 2 diabetes.

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First Published: Nov 11, 2017 10:19 IST