Vitamin C or Fruits and Veggies Associated with Lower Risk of Diabetes

Published: October 15, 2012

In a study using food frequency questionnaires from 21,831 healthy subjects between the ages of 40 and 75 years, increased plasma vitamin C levels were found to be inversely associated with risk of type 2 diabetes. Subjects were followed up with for 12 years, during which time 735 people developed diabetes. Those with a blood vitamin C level in the top 20% had a 62% lower risk of developing diabetes than those in the lowest 20%.

Those eating the most fruit and vegetables were found to have a 22% lower risk of developing diabetes. The authors conclude, "Our findings highlight a potentially important public health message on the benefits of a diet rich in fruit and vegetables for the prevention of diabetes."

Dietary factors play a key role in developing diabetes. These include avoiding excess sugar and increasing fiber, fruits and vegetables. Avoiding obesity and hormonal factors also play a significant role. Especially important is correcting the testosterone deficiency in men.


"Plasma Vitamin C Level, Fruit and Vegetable Consumption, and the Risk of New-Onset Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: The European Prospective Investigation of Cancer — Norfolk Prospective Study," Harding AH, Wareham NJ, et al, Arch Intern Med, 2008; 168(14): 1493-1499.

For more information see article at Nutra Ingredients online.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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