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Daily Blueberry Consumption May Help Manage Diabetes, Study Finds

Daily Blueberry Consumption May Help Manage Diabetes, Study Finds
Lauren Manaker
Lauren Manaker MS, RDN, LD, CLEC
October 20, 2020
Hands cupping fresh blueberries.
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Key Takeaways
Data suggests eating blueberries daily for eight weeks may result in improved outcomes for diabetic patients, like improved A1C and triglyceride levels.
These outcomes may be due to the anthocyanin content of the blueberries, suggesting this fruit can be a healthy part of a diabetes diet.
Eating a daily cup of blueberries may offer important health benefits to men with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published earlier this year.1

The study showed improved levels of things like hemoglobin A1C, fructosamine, triglycerides, and liver enzymes (ALT and AST) over the course of eight weeks.

The April study, published in Current Developments In Nutrition, involved 52 men with type 2 diabetes. In the trial, half of the participants were given 22 grams of freeze-dried blueberries (equivalent to one cup of fresh blueberries) or 22 grams of a placebo powder. The study participants were asked to consume 11 grams of freeze-dried blueberries or placebo with each of their morning and evening meals along with their typical diet.

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Dione Milauskas, MS, RDN, LD, a registered dietitian specializing in prediabetes, tells Verywell this data highlights how adding foods to your diet can help you manage diabetes, rather than taking foods away.

“This is in stark contrast to the traditional approach to lowering A1C, which focuses on reducing carbohydrate intake,” Milauskas says. She was not involved in the study.

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