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People whose diet includes * vegetables* and fruits in abundance run less risk of developing type 2 diabetes – these are the conclusions arrived at by scientists from the Institute of Metabolic Science, University of Cambridge.

The extensive study encompassed about 4 thousand people within the age range from 40 to 79 and went on for 11 years. During this period type 2 diabetes was diagnosed in 653 people whose diet contained little in the way of vegetables and fruits.

The risk of developing type 2 diabetes decreased by 21% in those whose daily meals included a great amount of fruits and vegetables. Moreover, it decreased by 40% in people using a large assortment of * fruits* and vegetables, up to 16 kinds. A diet with less than 8 kinds failed to produce such an effect.

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