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Study: Mediterranean diet may lower diabetes risk

English.news.cn   2014-01-07 15:17:09            

BEIJING, Jan. 7 (Xinhuanet) -- Adults at risk for heart disease can reduce the possibility of developing diabetes by adopting a Mediterranean diet, according to media reports Tuesday quoting researchers from the Washington University.

Mediterranean diets are known as generally high in vegetables, fiber-rich grains, fish, legumes and plant-based sources of unsaturated fat.

They are believed to have elements that cut down inflammation throughout the body and may have positive impact on diabetes.

Researchers from Washington University who analyzed data on 3,541 men and women, aged 55 to 80 at an increased risk for heart disease, found those who adopt a Mediterranean diet were about 30 percent less likely to develop diabetes for the next four years, compared with those adopting a general low-fat diet.



Moms' high-fat, sugary diets up offspring's risk of drug, alcohol abuse: study

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- High-fat and high-sugar foods a mother eats during pregnancy are likely to put her baby at risk for drug and alcohol problems later in life, U.S. researchers said Saturday.

In animal experiments, the offspring of rats that ate high-fat or high-sugar diets while pregnant weighed more as adults and drank more alcohol, and those on high-sugar diets also had stronger responses to commonly abused drugs such as amphetamine, when compared with pups of rats that ate "regular rodent chow."  Full story

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