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Curcumin and other factors that may lower diabetes risk

Curcumin could help to keep diabetes at bay among people most at risk, says a new study. A research, published in the journal Diabetes Care, found that people with prediabetes who took capsules containing curcumin – the most active compound of turmeric, were less likely to have Type 2 diabetes, compared to people who didn’t consume curcumin capsules.

The study included 240 people with prediabetes. They were assigned to take either the curcumin capsules or a placebo for nine months. The researchers had them under observation for three, six and nine months.

At the end of the nine-month period, 16.4 percent of people who took the placebo developed Type 2 diabetes whereas the group that took curcumin showed no symptom of diabetes.

This is not the first time curcumin has been talked about for its health benefits. In 2008, a study published in the journal Endocrinology showed that mice were less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes when given turmeric.

Here are the other factors that could lower your risk of diabetes:


A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that cheese-eaters have a 12 percent lower risk of diabetes than their non-cheese-eating counterparts.

Also, those who ate more cheese, fermented milk and yogurt were also more likely to have a decreased diabetes risk than people who ate less of these foods, noted the researchers from Oxford University and Imperial College London.


Researchers from the Louisiana State University Agricultural Centre found that people who regularly eat tree nuts (pistachios, walnuts, almonds and cashews) have a lower risk of conditions like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and metabolic syndrome.

The researchers found that nut consumption is linked with lower levels of an inflammation marker called C-reactive protein (which is associated with heart disease and other chronic conditions) and higher levels of 'good' cholesterol.

In addition, people who regularly ate tree nuts had lower body mass indexes (BMI) than people who didn’t regularly eat nuts, the Journal of the American College of Nutrition study reported.


 Taking a few moments for a walk each day lowers the risk of diabetes in high-risk people who don’t regularly exercise, according to research in the journal Diabetes Care.

University of Washington and University of Pittsburgh researchers found that people who walked the most in their study — which included 1,826 people from Native American communities — had a 29 percent lower risk of diabetes, compared with those who walked the least.

Researchers found that 12 percent of people who took just 3,500 steps per day (there are about 2,000 steps in a mile) developed diabetes at the end of the study period, compared with 17 percent of people who walked the least in the study, Reuters reported.

Apple, pear and blueberry:

Apple, pear and blueberry eaters have lower risks of Type 2 diabetes, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The study was based on the diets of 200,000 people. HuffPost Canada reported that anthocyanins and fruits rich in anthocyanins were linked with lower diabetes risk; flavanoids, however, were not.


For obese teens, getting enough shut-eye is linked with a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, says a Diabetes Care study.

Researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia conducted the study on 62 obese teens. They found that sleeping between seven-and-a-half and eight-and-a-half hours a night was linked with stable glucose levels. But sleeping more or less than that was linked with higher glucose levels, the Ottawa Sun reported.


Eating a range of fruits and veggies could help to lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes, Medical Daily reported.

The study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, included 3,704 people. Researchers analyzed the number and variety of fruits and vegetables they ate, along with their Type 2 diabetes status. They found that those who ate the most kinds of produce — as well as just the most produce in general — had the lowest risk of diabetes, Medical Daily reported.

Moderate alcohol consumption (for some):

Drinking alcohol at a moderate level is linked with a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes for some people, according to an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study.

Harvard researchers found that for women with refined carb-heavy diets, moderate alcohol consumption is linked with a decreased diabetes risk of 30 percent, compared with non-imbibing women who eat similar diets, Reuters reported.

 “If you eat a high carb diet without drinking alcohol, your risk of developing diabetes is increased by 30 percent,” study researcher Frank Hu told Reuters. “However, if you eat a high carb diet, but (drink) a moderate amount of alcohol, the increased risk is reduced.”


According to Chinese researchers, coffee may stop a protein linked with Type 2 diabetes from building up, thereby lowering the risk of the disease, WebMD reported.

The research, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, suggests that three particular compounds (caffeine, chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid) found in coffee have this beneficial effect.

A healthy diet and exercise is necessary to prevent and keep diabetes in control.

This article originally appeared in The Huffington Post. Find the original version here



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