We have heard many times that green leafy vegetables are good for heath as these are good source of certain vitamins and nutrients, which are required on daily basis. A latest study published in BMJ, formerly known as the British Medical Journal adds to the evidence that green leafy vegetables such as spinach, cabbage, and others can help prevent type 2 diabetes.
About the study
Patrice Carter, a research nutritionist at the University of Leicester, and colleagues reviewed six studies involving 223,512 people who were 30 to 74 years of age to see the potential of diet rich in green vegetables and fruits in reducing of risk of diabetes. The length of the studies ranged from 4.6 to 23 years.
Results of the findings
Researchers conclude that
- Consuming 1.35 servings of green leafy vegetables per day was associated with a 14% reduction in risk compared with consuming only 0.2 servings
- Eating more fruits and vegetables combined doesn’t affect this risk of diabetes
Researchers further revealed that fruits and vegetables have capability to prevent several chronic diseases, likely because of their antioxidant content. Spinach and other green leafy veggies may reduce type 2 diabetes risks because of their high concentrations of polyphenols and vitamin C, both of which have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants works against free radicals inside the body and have well established role in prevention...
of various diseases like heart diseases, diabetes and so on. They also contain magnesium, which may further reduce risk.
Researchers are fascinated with the results that green leafy vegetables have potential to reduce the risk of diabetes. At the same time they said that it might be too early to conclude that its combination with fruits and vegetables consumption, do not exhibit any role on preventing diabetes. They said that more studies are needed to establish evidence supporting the fact.
The incidence of type 2 diabetes has been rising dramatically during the past two decades, with diet being a major contributor. I am certain that new study will be informative for our readers and they will increase the consumption of green leafy vegetables in their diets in order to stay healthy and avoid risk of diabetes.