Studies have found that eating the recommended five daily servings of fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of chronic non-communicable diseases such as heart disease and cancer. A recent meta-analysis of multiple studies found that eating an additional 1.15 servings a day of green leafy vegetables was associated with a 14 percent reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes.
The results support the growing body of evidence that lifestyle modification—eating a healthier diet high in fruits and vegetables—is an important factor in the prevention of diabetes, the researchers concluded.
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1. Carter P, Gray LJ, Troughton J, et al. Fruit and vegetable intake and incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ 2010; 341: c4229. (open access)