Do you have a history of diabetes in your family or are you yourself perhaps borderline diabetic?
If you face an increased risk of developing type 2 Diabetes, there are two things you can do right away to decrease your risk-eat your broccoli and drink your orange juice. According to researchers , vitamin C-rich products, such as broccoli and orange juice, are part of a growing list of things people can do to reduce their diabetes risk, in addition to losing weight and staying physically fit.
The American Diabetes Association estimates that medical expenditures associated with diabetes totaled $116 billion in 2007. This includes $27 billion for diabetes care, $58 billion for chronic diabetes-related complications and $31 billion for excess medical costs.
The best thing we can do is not to become obese, especially heavy around the belly, which correlates more directly than any other factor with type 2 diabetes.
But that is only the beginning. In fact, one of the most encouraging developments in recent years is the growing list of things we can do to reduce our diabetes risk.
For starters, we should avoid drinking sugar-sweetened beverages-colas and even fruit-flavored drinks, typically the products sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup.
Investigators are finding that people who drink lots of colas or sweetened fruit drinks have a higher risk of developing type-2 diabetes over a period of years. Even so, in the case of sweetened beverages, there are two notable exceptions; orange juice and grape fruit juice. In fact, researchers have discovered that one of these beverages in particular-orange juice-may have entirely the opposite effect, by reducing one’s diabetes risks rather than adding to them.
Other Vitamin C-rich products also should be considered, namely fruits, vegetables, and especially where vegetables are concerned broccoli.