Can This Prevent Diabetes?
Can a few carrots a day keep diabetes at bay? It sounds too good to be true, but might very well be the case for some individuals at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In a groundbreaking new report, published in the journal Human Genetics, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have concluded that people with a common genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes are less likely to develop the illness if they have elevated blood levels of beta carotene. More specifically, those consuming around 6.5mg of the nutrient every day (that's equivalent to half a cup of cooked carrots) appeared best off, though the link also depends on how their body metabolizes beta carotene. "What's neat here is that we're introducing a new role for a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle," says lead study author Atul Butte, MD, PhD, associate professor of systems medicine in pediatrics at Stanford. "By coupling research about genetics and nutrition, we're showing that DNA doesn't mean destiny." To complete their analysis, Butte and his colleagues used data compiled on a national sample of adults by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data, which is deriv Continue reading >>