Type 2 diabetes – the most common form of diabetes – is caused by insulin resistance. This means the body is unable to use insulin properly, which can lead to abnormal blood glucose levels.
by K.J. McLaughlin
Diabetes is a chronic disease which is sweeping our globe in epidemic proportions. In the U.S., there are millions of new cases being diagnosed every single year. In my opinion, the only method we have at our disposal is to try and prevent the disease from ever developing.
There are some foods which, if eaten regularly, may help prevent type2 diabetes from occurring in our adult populations, according to some exciting new research.
Researchers conducting a study with healthy adult women have found that the intake of certain foods like grapes, tea, berries, and wine can improve blood sugar, insulin sensitivity and decrease blood markers of inflammation. The researchers found that the women who consumed the highest amounts of the active chemicals in these foods called anthocyanins had lower levels of inflammation and were less likely to suffer from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.
The participants who consumed the highest amounts …
Importantly, the difference between the highest and lowest intakes of foods containing these compounds was small, consisting of just one portion of grapes or berries or a couple of oranges, say the authors. Also, the effects on insulin that were associated with high consumption of such foods was equivalent to those observed for other lifestyle factors, such as an hour's walk a day or low-fat diet for a year, they noted.