People who make their own meals at home are less likely to develop diabetes than those who frequently eat out, a study shows.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers evaluated large prospective datasets in which U.S. health professionals (both men and women) were followed for long periods on a variety of health indicators. In fact, they analyzed 2.1 million years worth of data.
Among their discoveries was that eating home-cooked dinners 5 to 7 times a week translated to a 15 percent lower risk of Type 2 diabetes compared to people who did so twice a week or less.
There was a smaller, but still statistically significant, reduction for people who ate more home cooked midday meals, said the researchers. The study appeared in PLOS Medicine’s special “Diabetes Prevention” issue.
I always recommend that patients prepare and cook their own meals. It’s only by doing it yourself that you can control nutritional — and caloric — content.
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