A study from Harvard Medical School shows that eating a diet low in refined carbohydrates and meat can protect people from getting diabetes.

People are at high risk for diabetes when they eat a diet loaded with meat, French fries, high-fat dairy products, and refined carbohydrates such as bakery products, pastas, desserts and other sugar-added foods. People are at low risk for diabetes when they eat lots of vegetables, fruits, fish and whole grains. Not everyone who eats a high-fat, high refined carbohydrate diet gets diabetes. Those with good genes are protected, but if you have a genetic susceptibility to diabetes, you can protect yourself from developing the disease by eating lots of plants the way you find them in nature and restricting refined carbohydrates in bakery products, pastas, sugar added foods, and sweets. You souls also avoid being overweight and exercise regularly. See report #D222.

Dietary patterns and risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus in US men. Annals of Internal Medicine, 2002, Vol 136, Iss 3, pp 201-209. RM vanDam, EB Rimm, WC Willett, MJ Stampfer, FB Hu. Hu FB, Harvard Univ, Sch Publ Hlth, Dept Nutr, 665 Huntington Ave, Boston,MA 02115 USA

Checked 8/9/05

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