Sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise and increasing stress are the major cause for diabetes. However, gone are the days when diabetes used to be a common disease among the urban population. Now diabetes prevalent in the rural areas as well.
So how do we control diabetes? Following a healthy lifestyle and taking care of what you eat is extremely important to keep diabetes at bay. If left unattended then diabetes may turn out to a serious health condition and affect your major organs like the kidneys as well.
A new study has found that consuming food rich in antioxidants may observe a decrease in type 2 diabetes.
So which are the foods that are rich in anti-oxidants? According to the study, fruits, vegetables, dark chocolates, walnuts, prunes, blueberries, strawberries or hazelnuts are few of the foods that are rich in antioxidants.
Also you might to surprised to note that other hot beverages like coffee and tea suffice to the high antioxidants level required for the diabetes control as per the study. Also, moderate consumption of alcohol at times adds on to curbing the risk.
"This link persists after taking into account all the other principal diabetes risk factors: smoking, education level, hypertension, high cholesterol levels, family history of diabetes and, above all, BMI (Body Mass Index), the most important factor," clarifies Francesca Romana Mancini, lead author of the study and researcher at the French Institute of Health and Medical Research in France.
The study had taken into consideration over 64,223 women for a period of 15 years. All the participants were free from diabetes risk at the time of inclusion in the study.
The researchers prepared a database calculating the 'total dietary antioxidant capacity' of each participant based on their responses over various food items.
As per the findings of the study, diabetes risk diminished with the increasing amount of antioxidant consumption among the participants. It was also found that women with the highest antioxidant scores had a reduction in diabetes risk of 27 per cent compared with those having the lowest scores.
The study was recently published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.
(With Agency Inputs)