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Polyphenols for Diabetics
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Polyphenols for Diabetics

Figuring out the best food to eat when you have diabetes can be difficult because your main goal should be controlling blood sugar and your body weight. 
 

A recent cross-sectional study involving 54,787 participants, aged between 52 and 60 year old, suggests that participants with the highest polyphenol intake quintile (~1200 mg/ day) had a 1.52kg lower body fat and a 19% lower risk of diabetes1

Higher flavonoid (a class of polyphenols) intakes are hypothesised to confer protection against type 2 diabetes mellitus. The findings also indicates that obese participants may benefit the most from a higher polyphenol intake!

 

Overall, the study adds new evidence that a diet abundant in flavonoid-rich foods may help to ameliorate diabetes risk, in part through a reduction in body fat.



1 Bondonno, Nicola P, Dalgaard, Frederik, Murray, Kevin, Davey, Raymond J, Bondonno, Catherine P, Cassidy, Aedin, Lewis, Joshua R, Kyrø, Cecilie, Gislason, Gunnar, Scalbert, Augustin, Tjønneland, Anne & Hodgson, Jonathan M. 2021. Higher Habitual Flavonoid Intakes Are Associated With A Lower Incidence Of Diabetes. The Journal of Nutrition doi: 10.1093/jn/nxab269. https://doi.org/10.1093/jn/nxab269

 

Posted on 7 Sep 2021

Posted by Dr. Loke Wai Mun

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