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HHS HealthBeat (September 27, 2013)

Fruits of the diabetes research

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Like sweets? Fruits are sweet, and a study indicates these sweets can lower the risk of diabetes. At the Harvard School of Public Health, researcher Qi Sun saw signs of this in data from 1984 to 2008 on more than 187,000 people.

He compared people who ate at least two servings a week of certain whole fruits – particularly blueberries, grapes and apples – with people who ate less than one serving a month. The fruit eaters had a 23 percent lower risk of diabetes.

So Sun says:

“We recommend people to increase consumption of whole fruits intake to facilitate prevention of type 2 diabetes.”

The study in the journal BMJ was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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Last revised: September 27, 2013