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Why should people at risk for diabetes eat more fruits and vegetables?

Janis Jibrin, MS, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Research is showing that eating more fruits and vegetables can substantially reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

One reason for the protective effect: fruits and vegetables are low in calories for their volume (i.e. a cup of vegetables might be 30 calories compared to 200 calories for a cup of cooked rice), helping you keep your weight down, which, in turn, improves insulin resistance. They're also loaded with antioxidants, which are particularly important for people with diabetes and prediabetes.
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Two of three adults miss the mark on meeting the recommended daily intake for fruits and vegetables. So, this advice is not exclusive to people with or at risk for diabetes. 

Fruits and vegetables offer many benefits that help prevent and control the risk factors associated with diabetes. Fruits and vegetables are a great source of potassium, which promotes healthy blood pressure levels. Citrus fruits, okra and beans have all been shown to lower cholesterol levels. Because they are low in calories, high in fiber and water, fruits and vegetables also help with weight loss. This is important since losing just 10% of excess body weight can lead to better blood sugar and blood pressure control. 

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