Blueberries 'cut diabetes risk'

Three servings of blueberries a week can help prevent Type 2 diabetes by 26%, according to research by the Harvard School of Public Health. But it also claims drinking fruit juice increased the risk by 8%.

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Type 2 diabetes: Some facts and figures

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.

Around 2.7 million people in the UK are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Credit: Hugo Philpott/PA Wire

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.

Diabetes UK: Blueberries survey 'unreliable'

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.

This research provides further evidence that eating plenty of whole fruit is a key part of the balanced diet that will help you to achieve a healthy weight and so minimise your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

However, the associations between type 2 diabetes and specific types or fruit or fruit drinks must be treated with much more caution....

This type of survey can often be unreliable as people are more likely to remember certain types of food....

For a number of fruits, including blueberries, the numbers were not big enough to allow the researchers to correct their findings in this way.

– Dr Matthew Hobbs, head of research for Diabetes UK

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Fruits 'which help prevent diabetes'

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

Eating blueberries 'helps prevent diabetes'

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.

Fruits like blueberries can help prevent a person from developing type 2 diabetes, research says. Credit: PA

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.

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