Home Cooking Decreases Diabetes Risk, Says Study

Do you love a good home-cooked meal? If so, you might be happy to know that you are slightly less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who eat out a lot.

The Study

The study presented to the annual conference of the American Heart Association suggests that people who eat more home-made lunches and dinners had a lower risk rate of diabetes. Those who ate home cooking more often were also found to have a decreased risk of obesity.

"The trend for eating commercially prepared meals in restaurants or as take-out in the United States has increased significantly over the last 50 years," said Geng Zong, Ph.D. "At the same time, type 2 diabetes rates have also increased."

Possible Explanations

Researchers examined data from 58,000 women and 41,000 men. People who ate more meals at home had a lower intake of sugar-sweetened drinks than those who ate out more often.

The lower obesity risk may also explain why there is a lower risk of diabetes, according to Zong. Obesity is a key risk factor in developing type 2 diabetes.

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