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Green Leafy Vegetables May Cut Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

August 19, 2010: 07:39 PM EST

British researchers who analyzed data from six clinical studies found that eating more green leafy vegetables every day can significantly lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. The findings support efforts to promote consumption of vegetables such as spinach, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli as a way to reduce diabetes risk, but cautioned that further research is necessary before specific advice can be given to individuals. The researchers found in the six studies that eating more green leafy vegetables – perhaps an extra 120 grams a day – was associated with a 14 percent decrease in type 2 diabetes risk. They surmised that vegetables such as spinach tend to reduce the diabetes risk because of a higher magnesium content.

Patrice Carter, Laura J Gray, Jacqui Troughton, Kamlesh Khunti, and Melanie J Davies, "Fruit and vegetable intake and incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus: systematic review and meta-analysis", British medical Journal, August 19, 2010, © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
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