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Diet, Diabetes and Data

posted on February 8, 2002

"Surprise, Surprise – Diet Matters…"

A new study reveals that men with diets rich in red meat, high-fat dairy products and baked goods containing refined flour, are 60-percent more likely to develop diabetes after the age of 40.

In one of the most comprehensive studies to date on possible links between "type-2," or so-called "Adult Onset Diabetes and diet, Harvard researchers examined more than 42,000 male health professionals between the ages of 40 and 75.

The 12-year study also revealed that men with diets high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains had a 20-percent lower risk of contracting diabetes than the average American.

Type-2 accounts for 90 percent of the estimated 16 million cases of diabetes in the U.S. Officials claim that number could virtually double over the next 50 years, as a population fond of junk food grows older.

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