Recent research shows that a high level of vitamin C can significantly reduce the risk of developing diabetes….by up to sixty two percent. Beneficial levels can only be achieved by eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables and supplementing with 1gram vitamin C each day.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant which helps protect blood vessels from the damaging effects of oxidation to which we are all exposed. Oxidative stress can also disturb blood sugar levels and lead to hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar levels). It is also found to be higher in people with diabetes. The diet should include foods such as broccoli, strawberries, peppers, kiwi fruit and citrus fruit. Choose fresh or frozen vegetables and eat within a short time of purchase as levels of this protective vitamin decrease rapidly with time. Also, to preserve the vitamin, cook for a minimum amount of time and use cooking water for sauces, gravies. Other factors important in lowering diabetes risk include keeping weight within normal limits, obtaining plenty of exercise and limiting intake of high fat and sugar foods.