Whole Grains Help Stave Off Type 2 Diabetes

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By: Jan Chait

Trash the Wonder Bread and white rice and replace them with whole grains and brown rice if you want to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

While including refined grains in your diet does not increase the risk of getting type 2 diabetes, eating more whole grains can lower your risk by up to 42 percent—even if you have other markers for type 2 diabetes, including family history and a low level of physical activity.

The research is based on a study of more than 42,000 male health professionals that has been ongoing since 1986.

—American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, September 2002

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