If you are a type 2 diabetic and love to eat out, you're not going to like the results of this study much. Researchers found that you can actually control your condition better if you eat home-cooked meals more often.
During the American Heart Association's annual conference, Dr. Geng Zong presented research that showed people who eat lunch or dinner from home more often have a lower risk of diabetes than those who eat out.
Dr. Zong, of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, followed up on the study eight years later, and found the results consistent. People who ate at home more often had less weight gain issues than people who ate out more often. Weight gain is a major risk factor in developing type 2 diabetes.
What It Means
Dr. Zong suspects that beverages are at the root of the issue. "We found that those with more meals prepared at home have a slightly lower sugar-sweetened beverage intake," he said in a press release. "This could be another bridge that links homemade meals and diabetes risk."
The doctor points out that eating out has increased significantly in the last half a century. At the same time, type 2 diabetes has been on the rise. Zong believes there is a connection.
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