Fruit fights diabetes

Extensive study reveals daily fruit consumption can help prevent diabetes or lessen its severity

Fruit is the most natural food for us yet many believe that because it’s sweet, diabetics or people at risk from sugar should avoid it. Results of this impressive, seven-year study of over 500,000 people finally nailed this myth.

The study found that daily consumption of fresh fruit reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 12 per cent and for people who already have diabetes, it reduced the risk of premature death by 17 per cent and the risk of developing diabetes-related complications (heart disease and stroke, kidney diseases, eye diseases and neuropathy) by up to 28 per cent. The relationship between fruit consumption and health benefits was clear – the more fresh fruit the better. And, as the authors highlighted, people should not be told to limit their fresh fruit intake, whether diabetic or not!

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Du H et al., 2017. 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. 14 (4): e1002279.