A Healthy Diet Can Lower the Risk of Diabetes for Minority Women

A new study has indicated that consuming a healthy diet can have significant benefits for benefits for reducing the risk of diabetes in women that are Asian, Hispanic, and black. This study was done by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The stud was published to the journal Diabetes Care on January 15, 2015.


There are approximately 30 million people living the United States and 47 million people around the world that have diabetes. The World Health Organization has declared a diabetes crisis as it will soon become the seventh leading cause of death as of the year 2030. This disease has typically been related to excess body weight and physical inactivity. The disease is also more likely to affect people of color including Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and seniors.


The researchers looked at data from over 150,000 non-Hispanic white women, 2,000 Asian women, 2,000 Hispanic women and 2,000 black women as a part of the Nurses’ Health Study I and II. The data was controlled for other factors such as physical activity, smoking habits, genetic predisposition, the intake of alcohol, oral contraceptive usage, and other facts. The women had been followed for almost 30 years and were required to complete diet questionnaires roughly every four years.


The findings indicated the intake of a healthy diet assisted in lowering diabetes risk rates by 32% in black women, 48% for white women, 42% in Asian women, and 55% in Hispanic women. The findings also uncovered that the intake of sweeteners and red processed meats accounted for a higher risk of diabetes.

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