A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE has found that a healthy diet of fish and fresh vegetables can help prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes.
The researchers also found that high-fiber diets have been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and strokes in humans.
“The findings suggest that eating fish, vegetables and fruit with high fibre intake could be beneficial in preventing Type 2 Diabetes,” lead author, Dr. Sohin Yang, a researcher at the National Taiwan University (NTU), said in a press release.
The study was conducted in the United States.
Researchers at NTU followed more than 4,500 people over a period of 12 years.
The participants were asked about their diet, their risk of developing diabetes and whether they were currently taking medications.
The results showed that a high-Fiber diet significantly lowered the risk for Type 2 Diabetic conditions.
People with a higher body mass index (BMI) were at a higher risk of Type 1 Diabetes, while those with a lower BMI were at an increased risk.
“It was found that eating a high level of fibre can lower the levels of several important hormones in the blood that are linked to insulin resistance,” Yang told Reuters Health.
“A high fibre diet is a key component in the body that has a high potential to decrease the risk and even prevent diabetes.”