Small but mighty: blueberries top list of “power foods” for diabetes prevention
October 28, 2014

Over nine million Canadians are living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to the Canadian Diabetes Association. November is Diabetes Month, making it a good time to learning about the disease, including the kind of diet that can help prevent type 2 diabetes, as well as ways to help support those living with the disease. Blueberry

Fortunately, blueberries are easy to add to the daily diet and often listed as a top “power food” for diabetics to consume.Here are the top reasons why blueberries may help prevent diabetes, and also why they make a healthy food choice for someone living with type 2 diabetes.

- Fibre helps control blood sugar levels and is an important part of a healthy diet. A 250 ml (1 cup) serving of blueberries – about the size of a tennis ball, contains 3.6 grams of dietary fibre. Blueberries’ high fibre content may reduce the risk of diabetes and also help type 2 diabetics keep their blood sugar levels steady.

- Eating fruit, particularly blueberries, has been linked to a lower risk of diabetes in a major study. Researchers found that consuming three servings per week of blueberries reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by 7%.

- Insulin resistance (a condition in which cells do not fully respond to insulin, a hormone that regulates blood glucose levels) is commonly seen in obese individuals and can lead to type 2 diabetes5. While more research is still needed, studies suggest that blueberries can help lower blood glucose by improving insulin resistance thanks to anthocyanins, the antioxidant that gives blueberries a deep blue colour6. One study showed an improved insulin response in obese mice fed blueberries for eight weeks7.


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