Saturday, February 5, 2011

Please Pass the Potassium

Did you Know
that eating a diet high in potassium may help stave off type 2 diabetes, according to a large study. Potassium is an essential mineral (found in foods like bananas and prunes) that is believed to stimulate the production of insulin, the blood glucose-lowering hormone that is deficient in people with diabetes.

Participants with the highest potassium levels at the start of the study were 64 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes in the following 17 years than those with the lowest levels.
Take note-people with kidney problems or who take certain medications may need to limit their potassium intake and should check with a doctor before changing their diet.

(Source: Diabetic Forecast)