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New study finds poor diet responsible for over 70% of new type 2 diabetes cases globally

A new study analyzed the link between diet and type 2 diabetes (T2D) in 184 countries between 1990 and 2018. The study found that 14.1 million new cases of T2D, which represents 70.3% of all new cases, could be attributed to suboptimal intake of 11 dietary factors. The top three factors were insufficient whole-grain intake, excess refined rice and wheat intake, and excess processed meat intake. Central and eastern Europe, central Asia, and Latin America had the highest proportional burdens of diet-attributable T2D, while South Asia had the lowest. Men, urban residents, and higher-educated individuals were more likely to have diet-attributable T2D. The study calls for improved dietary quality and public health planning to reduce T2D globally.

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