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Blueberries could combat diabetes

Blueberries are a fruit, so you know they're healthy. But now scientists at Louisiana State University's Pennington Biomedical Research Center have discovered they may guard against diabetes.

According to researchers, the results found in the study were dramatic. They found there was an improvement in insulin sensitivity.

It would have been tough to consume the number of blueberries necessary for the study, so researchers made their smoothies with blueberry extract powder.

Pre-diabetes who drank two a day were nearly 24 percent less likely to develop full blown diabetes.

Since diabetes is also a risk factor for heart disease, Pennington is launching a second round of blueberry research.

Their second study is focused on cardiovascular disease -  for instance, researchers are hoping to find a way to improve your LDL cholesterol.

LDL, or bad cholesterol, triggers heart attacks by causing blockages and cutting off blood flow.

Many people just like to eat blueberries, but now that they may help prevent disease, that's just an added bonus.

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