Beans may reduce heart risk in type-2 diabetes patients

October 23, 2012

According to researchers at the University of Toronto, eating more beans -- such as chickpeas and lentils -- can reduce the risk of heart disease by controlling blood sugar levels.

Known as a low glycemic index food, beans have long been associated with improvement in blood sugar and are recommended in diabetes guidelines.

The study in the Archives of Internal Medicine was partly funded by legume farmers. But, researchers say, it shows changes in diet can reduce diabetes symptoms and protect against more severe complications of the disease.

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