Vegetables May Help Prevent Diabetes--Unless You Smoke

August 2006
Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter;Aug2006, Vol. 24 Issue 6, p6
This article focuses on a May 15, 2006 "American Journal of Epidemiology" report that smoking blocks the protective benefits of carotenoids. Carotenoids are naturally occurring antioxidant pigments that give vegetables their bright colors. Previous medical research has linked high carotenoid levels in the blood with a reduced risk of diabetes. Smoking has been linked to low levels of carotenoids.


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