Type 2 diabetes: A healthy diet can lower your risk – BGR

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I often joke that I’m on my way to type 2 diabetes because of genetics. My love for ice cream will also play a role in that. It’s why I’ve returned to running frequently and taking it very seriously. It’s not just marathon training that I adhere to; I’m also trying to eat healthier while exercising more.

A healthy diet might be a key element in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. It’s not just something that makes common sense. A new study shows that a healthy diet will reduce the risk of developing the condition, even in people genetically predisposed to it.

Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland looked at the diet habits of more than 1,500 middle-aged and elderly men as part of a broader Metabolic Syndrome in Men Study (METSIM) study. They analyzed genetic markers associated with type 2 diabetes for the participants and found that a healthy diet can have a huge impact on the risk of diabetes regardless of genetic risk.

The researchers identified what a healthy diet should contain to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. According to them, you should eat the following foods to improve your chances of avoiding the illness: “vegetables, berries, fruits, vegetable oils, fish, poultry, potatoes, unsweetened and low-fat yogurt, low-fat cheese and whole grain products, such as porridge, pasta, and rice.”

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Here are more detailed examples from the study of the diet the researchers consider as healthy: 

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