Leafy vegetables reduce diabetes risk

Boosting leafy vegetable consumption can reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes, a UK meta-analysis suggests.

Greater intake of green leafy vegetables could reduce diabetes risk (Photograph: Horticulture Week)
Greater intake of green leafy vegetables could reduce diabetes risk (Photograph: Horticulture Week)

The University of Leicester team included GP Professor Kamlesh Khunti, professor of primary care diabetes and vascular medicine at the University of Leicester.

The researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies into the effects of intake of fruit and vegetables on incidence of type-2 diabetes.

They found that greater intake of green leafy vegetables was associated with a 14% reduction in risk of type-2 diabetes.

The researchers said the results supported the growing body of evidence that lifestyle modification is an important factor in the prevention of type-2 diabetes.

'The potential for tailored advice on increasing intake of green leafy vegetables to reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes should be investigated further,' they concluded.

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