Fruit and veggie diet can help manage diabetes
A fruit and vegetable diet that works can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and may help you lose weight, a study has found.
Key points:The diet is backed by a clinical trial that is being carried out in IndiaThe study found fruits and vegetables boost insulin levels and help regulate blood sugar levelsThe study also found fruit and vegetables also help control blood sugar, helping to manage insulin levelsThe trial is being done in India, where a similar trial has found fruit can help control diabetes, according to the study.
Researchers from the University of Chicago and New York University studied the health benefits of eating fruit and veg at home and at a local restaurant.
They were looking at the effects of eating healthy fruit and veggies at home on people with type 2 diabetics, but there was little data on the effect of eating more fruit and eating more vegetables at a restaurant.
The researchers also looked at the effect that eating fruits and veggies had on blood sugar.
They found that people who ate a lot of fruit and/or vegetables had higher levels of insulin and a lower risk of type 2.
However, people who were less likely to eat fruit and less likely, were not able to control their blood sugar and insulin levels.
The study was published in the journal Diabetes Care.
Dr Andrew Pimentel, who led the study, said:”We found that fruit and fruits have a variety of beneficial health effects that may contribute to lowering blood sugar in people with diabetes, including reducing insulin resistance, helping control blood glucose, and controlling the production of triglycerides, or high-density lipoprotein cholesterol.”
He said that while there was no clear evidence to show that eating more fruits and/ or vegetables helped people lose weight and lower their risk of diabetes, it was good to know that it was possible.
“We need to continue to be aware of the benefits of a plant-based diet, as well as of eating a variety and variety of vegetables in our diet,” Dr Pimentels said.
“This could help us lower our risk of metabolic syndrome.”
Dr PimentEL, who is also from the School of Public Health at the University at Albany, said the study found fruit, vegetables and whole grains are all associated with a reduction in blood sugar over time.
“These beneficial effects may also be associated with lowering insulin resistance and lower insulin production and may have a role in managing diabetes,” he said.
Dr Pimentsel said there were also benefits for people with existing conditions that affect blood sugar control.
“People with diabetes may have an increased risk of other health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, so it may be worthwhile to consider eating a plant based diet that has been proven to reduce these risks,” he explained.
He said the fruit and plant-derived diets in India had also been shown to help regulate the levels of some of the nutrients found in fruits and whole grain.
The Indian study involved people who had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, which is a type of blood disease caused by the buildup of sugar in the blood.
This meant they were all participants in a trial of fruit, vegetable and whole-grain diets that varied in daily amounts.
They received a physical exam to check their glucose levels, and were then asked to consume a meal containing a mixture of fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains.
This included one meal that contained a mixture containing all three: fruit, cooked vegetables, and whole food.
The participants in the study were also given information about how their blood glucose levels were regulated.
Dr Adam K. Sood, a researcher from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), which was involved in the trial, said it was encouraging that the results of this study were showing that the fruit, plant- and vegetable-based diets were associated with improved blood sugar regulation.
“It is very exciting that the diet in India has been shown in this study to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes,” Dr Sood said.
He added that the researchers did not know exactly how much of the fruit in the food and how much was from the animal source, but the results suggested that it may not have been that much.
He explained that although the study did not have a clear message for those who were trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, the results were encouraging.
“Although the trial did not show that the food alone improved blood glucose control, it does show that it is possible that the intake of the foods and/ and the dietary components in the diet may improve blood glucose regulation,” he added.
Dr Sood added that a more rigorous study was needed before the Indian government could make a final decision on whether to make a ban on fruit and dairy products.
He also noted that more research was needed to see if the diets would be a beneficial addition to a weight loss plan.
“If the diet is shown to be effective in reducing blood glucose and insulin, it would be prudent