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Around 2.7 million people in the UK are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and a further 850,000 are thought to have it but do not know it.
Another seven million people are estimated to be at high risk of developing the disease, which is linked to obesity and inactive lifestyle.
Complications of Type 2 diabetes include limb amputation, blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and stroke.
Researching suggesting a link between the number of whole fruits eaten and lowering your risk of Diabetes has been largely criticised by Diabetes UK.
While Dr Matthew Hobbs welcomed findings proving eating plenty of fruit reduced the risk of diabetes, he criticised the way research was conducted.
According to research from Harvard School of Public Health, other fruits that help to prevent type 2 diabetes are:
- Grapes and raisins reduced the risk by 12%
- Apples and pears cut chances by 7%
- Other fruits such as bananas, plums, peaches and apricots had a negligible impact
- Drinking fruit juice increased the risk by 8%, according to the study
Drinking fruit juice can increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, but eating blueberries, grapes, apples and pears can cut the risk, according to a study.
People who ate three standard servings a week of blueberries had a 26% lower chance of developing the disease, experts from Harvard School of Public Health found.
Eating three standard servings a week of blueberries had a 26% lower chance of developing the disease, the research suggested.