DASH diet may also prevent type 2 diabetes

August 19, 2009 in Diabetes & Diabetes Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News

DASH diet may also prevent type 2 diabetes

Sticking to the so-called DASH diet may protect adults from developing type 2 diabetes, according to new research from the University of South Carolina.

DASH is short for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. The DASH diet is high in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains, resulting in a high intake of potassium, magnesium, calcium, and fibre. It is also moderately high in protein and low in saturated fat.

It's been shown that the DASH can reduce blood pressure, but less is known about the potential influence of this dietary pattern on diabetes development.

In this clinical trial, 862 adults participated in a 5-year follow-up to determine the relationship between the DASH diet and risk of type 2 diabetes. The results were grouped according to ethnicity.

During the study, about 17 percent of all participants developed type 2 diabetes.

Among Caucasian adults, but not among black or Hispanic subjects, sticking to the DASH diet was found to offer some protection against the development of type 2 diabetes.

Previous studies have also shown a beneficial effect of increased dairy, whole grain, and nuts on diabetic risk.

This current report appeared in the August 2009 issue of Diabetes Care. For recipes from the DASH diet, check out our review of Delicious DASH flavours.


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