applesAccording to a study presented in the British Journal of Medicine, consumption of fruit is a means of lowering diabetes risk. Drinking fruit juices on the other hand, can increase the risk of diabetes. The most effective fruits have been found to be blueberries, which cut diabetes risk by about 26%. This is unlike other fruits where three servings of each fruit cut the risk by 2%. The study published in the Journal accounted for the dietary behavior of about 187,000 American citizens over 25 years. Other fruits that proved to be effective in minimizing risk include grapes, pears, raisins, and apples. The lowered risk was attributed to the high anthocyanin levels in fruits. Anthocyanin enhances the rate of glucose uptake.

More About Diabetes

Diabetes is a metabolic illness that is mainly characterized by high levels of blood sugar. The blood sugar levels increase because of insulin deficiency or when the body does not respond to the insulin generated. There are two forms of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 1 is caused by lack of insulin, type 2 resulting when the body does not respond to the insulin produced. Insulin is a hormone that plays a fundamental role in the breakdown of glucose. When this hormone fails to perform this function, the body begins utilizing fat. Some of the general symptoms of diabetes are frequent urination, hunger, and elevated thirst. There is a third diabetes type referred to as gestational diabetes, which mainly affects expectant mothers. Type 1 diabetes is hereditary, while type 2 is mainly caused by obesity and other factors related to lifestyle. Diet and lifestyle change are the surest routes to dealing with diabetes.