Research supporting the importance of a healthy diet continues to grow as researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital unveil the results of a groundbreaking longitudinal study. After analyzing the diet of 162,416 white and minority women over nearly three decades, the findings are empowering—a healthy diet reduces the risk for type 2 diabetes among women of all racial and ethnic groups. Asian, Hispanic, and black women receive an even greater benefit from their healthy dietary choices. As type 2 diabetes continues to escalate as a worldwide health threat, women can take comfort in knowing that they have the power to reduce their risk.
For this study, a healthy diet diet was one with a lower intake of saturated and trans fats, sugar-sweetened beverages, red and processed meats, and lower glycemic index foods. A healthy diet had a higher intake of cereal fiber, polyunsaturated fats, coffee, and nuts.
Healthy diet, healthy body weight, and regular physical activity—they go hand and hand when it comes to reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes!
The study appears online January 15, 2015 in Diabetes Care. Read the Harvard Press Release..