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Blueberries, Diabetes and Blood Pressure

Posted by blueberrytalk on September 29, 2010

More reasons to eat blueberries!

A newly published research study has found that including regular servings of blueberries in your diet can have a positive impact on people at risk for Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes.

Published in the October issue of The Journal of Nutrition, [the] study found that daily consumption of blueberries helped people with a high risk for Type 2 diabetes reduce that risk.   After drinking two blueberry smoothies a day for six weeks, participants’  insulin sensitivity increased –  a key factor in preventing Type 2 diabetes.  The reduced risk for diabetes was observed in both men and women, according to the study.

That’s not the only study that has recently discovered a health beneft from blueberries.  A team of researchers at Oklahoma State University recently found that consuming  blueberries every day  can help reduce some heart risk factors, such as high blood pressure.

In the eight-week study, one group of patients drank a beverage made from two cups of blended frozen blueberries once a day — and continued to eat a normal diet. Another group of patients drank an equivalent amount of fluids and ate their standard diet.

After eight weeks, Basu said, researchers saw a seven- to eight-point drop in the systolic blood pressure of patients who had been drinking the blueberry beverage.



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