Study: Green Leafy Veggies Can Cut Risk of T2 Diabetes
By Mike Boyle

How many times has someone (mostly likely, mom, right!?!) told you to eat your vegetables because they are good for you? Well, guess what?

According to a new study recently published in the British Medical Journal, eating more green leafy vegetables can significantly cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

British researchers reviewed six earlier studies (which covered more than 200,000 people between 30 and 74 years old, in the United States, China and Finland) on links between diabetes and the consumption of fruits and vegetables and found eating an extra serving a day of vegetables such as spinach, cabbage, and broccoli reduced adults` risk of getting type 2 diabetes by 14 percent.

It is important to note that the new study does not prove that vegetables by themselves prevent type 2 diabetes, which is often linked to poor diet and lack of exercise. But, "the data suggest that green leafy vegetables are key," researcher Patrice Carter of the diabetes research unit at Leicester University told Reuters.

You can read an abstract of this study here.

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Originally posted by on August 24, 2010.