If you love salads, you’ll probably feel evenbetter about eating your leafy greens after hearing this news. Thesevegetables just might reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes,according to a study published in BMJ and reported by HealthDay News.

Forthe study, researchers analyzed six studies linking diet with type 2diabetes risk. Scientists found that people who ate about one and ahalf servings of these green leafy veggies each day lowered their riskof developing type 2 diabetes by 14 percent compared with those who ateless than one serving.

“[The research is] a reminder of just howimportant dietary factors are in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes,”said Jim Mann, a diabetes researcher and coauthor of a commentaryaccompanying the study. “There’s far more evidence for this than forany drug treatments,” he noted.

Although the analysis didn’tfocus on eating more fruits and vegetables in general, researchersstill recommended consuming more of them. In fact, as Mann said,there’s evidence that green leafy vegetables could be included as oneof the recommended five daily servings of fruits and vegetables.

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