whole grains prevent diabetes

Is it a new drug? Is it a complicated new fad diet? Nope. It’s old, it’s obvious, it’s natural and it’s proven.

This massive study followed 55,465 people who were between the ages of 50 and 65 for an average of 15 years. The question was, How does eating whole grains affect your risk of getting type 2 diabetes?

The answer was a lot. Each 16g serving of whole grain reduced the risk of diabetes by 11% in men and by 7% in women. That’s each serving! Men who ate at least 50g of whole-grains a day—that’s about three servings—were 34% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes; women who got that amount were 22% less likely. Those are huge numbers!

Rye bread, whole-grain bread, and oatmeal/muesli were significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes for both men and women. For men, whole grain wheat, rye and oats offered significant protection; for women, wheat and oats did.

So, if you want one of the simplest, most effective ways to prevent diabetes, eat more whole grains.

J Nutr 2018;148(9):1434-1444

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