The Association between dietary flavonoid and lignan intakes and incident type 2 diabetes in European populations

R. Zamora-Ros, N.G. Forouhi, B. Buijsse, Y.T. van der Schouw, H. Boeing, E.J.M. Feskens

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE To study the association between dietary flavonoid and lignan intakes, and the risk of development of type 2 diabetes among European populations. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition-InterAct case-cohort study included 12,403 incident type 2 diabetes cases and a stratified subcohort of 16,154 participants from among 340,234 participants with 3.99 million person-years of follow-up in eight European countries. At baseline, country-specific validated dietary questionnaires were used. A flavonoid and lignan food composition database was developed from the Phenol-Explorer, the U.K. Food Standards Agency, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture databases. Hazard ratios (HRs) from country-specific Prentice-weighted Cox regression models were pooled using random-effects meta-analysis. RESULTS In multivariable models, a trend for an inverse association between total flavonoid intake and type 2 diabetes was observed (HR for the highest vs. the lowest quintile, 0.90 [95% CI 0.77–1.04]; P value trend = 0.040), but not with lignans (HR 0.88 [95% CI 0.72–1.07]; P value trend = 0.119). Among flavonoid subclasses, flavonols (HR 0.81 [95% CI 0.69–0.95]; P value trend = 0.020) and flavanols (HR 0.82 [95% CI 0.68–0.99]; P value trend = 0.012), including flavan-3-ol monomers (HR 0.73 [95% CI 0.57–0.93]; P value trend = 0.029), were associated with a significantly reduced hazard of diabetes. CONCLUSIONS Prospective findings in this large European cohort demonstrate inverse associations between flavonoids, particularly flavanols and flavonols, and incident type 2 diabetes. This suggests a potential protective role of eating a diet rich in flavonoids, a dietary pattern based on plant-based foods, in the prevention of type 2 diabetes
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3961-3970
JournalDiabetes Care
Volume36
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • insulin sensitivity
  • risk-factors
  • food sources
  • life-style
  • us men
  • nutrition
  • cancer
  • women
  • cohort
  • polyphenols

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