A recent study has found that it is essential to add whole grains to your diet, as it can prevent type 2 diabetes.

The study, which was conducted in Denmark, showed that it made no difference which type of whole grain product or cereal the participants ate. Rye bread, oatmeal, and muesli, for example, seem to offer the same protection against type 2 diabetes.

“Most studies similar to ours have previously been conducted in the USA, where people mainly get their wholegrain from wheat. We wanted to see if there was a difference between different cereals. One might expect there would be because they contain different types of dietary fibre and bioactive substances, which have been shown to influence risk factors for type 2 diabetes,” ANI reported Rikard Landberg, senior researcher of the study, as saying.

During the study, participants were divided into four different groups based on the amount of whole grain they consumed.

It was found that the group which reported the highest consumption of whole grain had the lowest chance of developing type 2 diabetes and that the chances increased for each group that had consumed less.

In addition, it was discovered that the risk of developing diabetes was 34 per cent lower for men, and 22 per cent lower for women who consumed a large amount of whole grain.

The study, which appeared in the Journal of Nutrition, had 55,000 participants and was conducted over a span of 15 years.

Whole grains are defined as consisting of all three main components of the grain kernel, endosperm, germ, and bran. Those who avoid all cereals, in an attempt to follow a low carb diet, therefore lose out on the positive health effects of wholegrain, which come principally from the bran and the germ.

Other factors that can similarly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes are drinking coffee and avoiding red meat.