Eating more vegetables and drinking less alcohol can delay onset of Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in the journal Lancet.
In this study, 577 adults who were a high-risk for Type 2 diabetes were followed for over 20 years to determine how diet and lifestyle changes would affect development of the disease. The study participants were assigned to four groups to make improvements to diet only, exercise only, diet and exercise combined or no lifestyle changes.
After two decades, people who improved their diet and exercise habits were seven percent less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes as compared to those who made no lifestyle changes.
The researchers believe increased intake of vegetables and limiting alcohol consumption contributed to lowered risk of Type 2 diabetes. Other dietary changes that prevent Type 2 diabetes include lowering total fat intake and increasing daily fibre intake.
According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 80 percent of people with type 2 diabetes will die as a result of heart disease or stroke.
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