Published On: Mon, Nov 9th, 2015

Homemade meals can keep diabetes at bay

Washington: Start dining in to keep diabetes at bay as a recent study has revealed that if you eat more meals prepared at home, you may reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Homemade meals

If you eat more meals prepared at home, you can keep diabetes at bay.

According to the research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015, people who ate about two homemade lunches or dinners each day had a 13 percent lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes compared to people who ate less than six homemade lunches or dinners a week. Type 2 diabetes is a major risk factor for heart disease.

The trend for eating commercially prepared meals in restaurants or as take-out in the United States has increased significantly over the last 50 years, said Geng Zong, Ph.D., a research fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. “At the same time, Type 2 diabetes rates have also increased.”

In the current study, the researchers demonstrated that eating homemade meals was associated with less weight gain over eight years in these middle-aged and older health professionals. Overweight and obesity are risk factors for cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.

While researchers don’t provide a specific number of homemade meals people should eat each week, Zong said “more could be better.”

ANI

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