Vitamin C may lower type 2 diabetes risk

August 7, 2008 in Diabetes & Diabetes Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements

Vitamin C may lower type 2 diabetes risk

A diet high in vitamin C may help lower a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes, say researchers from Cambridge, England. 

In this new study, a team of researchers followed 21,831 healthy men and women who were 40 to 75 years old for the development of type 2 diabetes. All participants provided health and lifestyle information, as well as blood samples which were used to determine vitamin C levels.

After 12 years, the researchers found that adults with the highest blood levels of vitamin C were 62 percent less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes as compared to those with the lowest levels of this vitamin.

Blood levels of vitamin C are a good indicator of fruit and vegetable intake, say the nutrition researchers.

These findings reinforce the message that increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables can lower risk of type 2 diabetes, as well as heart disease and cancer.

To boost your intake of vitamin C, try having two pieces of fresh fruit for breakfast instead of a cereal bar. 

This study was published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

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