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Honey consumption is inversely associated with prediabetes among Chinese adults: results from the Tianjin Chronic Low-Grade Systemic Inflammation and Health (TCLSIH) Cohort Study

  • Shunming Zhang (a1), Shubham Kumari (a1), Yeqing Gu (a1), Xiaoyue Li (a1), Ge Meng (a1) (a2), Qing Zhang (a3), Li Liu (a3), Hongmei Wu (a1), Yawen Wang (a1), Tingjing Zhang (a1), Xuena Wang (a1), Xingqi Cao (a1), Huiping Li (a1), Yunyun Liu (a1), Xiaohe Wang (a1), Shaomei Sun (a3), Xing Wang (a3), Ming Zhou (a3), Qiyu Jia (a3), Kun Song (a3), Zhong Sun (a1) and Kaijun Niu (a1) (a3) (a4) (a5)...


Evidence has suggested that honey intake has a beneficial impact on glycaemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes. Whether these findings apply to adults with prediabetes is yet unclear. The aim of the present study was to examine whether honey intake is associated with a lower prevalence of prediabetes. A cross-sectional study was performed in 18 281 participants (mean age 39·6 (sd 11·1) years; men, 51·5 %). Dietary intake was assessed through a validated 100-item FFQ. Prediabetes was defined according to the American Diabetes Association criteria: impaired fasting glucose, impaired glucose tolerance or raised glycosylated Hb. Multivariable logistic regression models were used to estimate the association between honey consumption and prediabetes. As compared with those who almost never consumed honey, the multivariable OR of prediabetes were 0·94 (95 % CI 0·86, 1·02) for ≤3 times/week, 0·77 (95 % CI 0·63, 0·94) for 4–6 times/week and 0·85 (95 % CI 0·73, 0·99) for ≥1 time/d (Pfor trend < 0·01). These associations did not differ substantially in sensitivity analysis. Higher honey consumption was associated with a decreased prevalence of prediabetes. More large prospective cohort studies are needed to investigate this association.


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Honey consumption is inversely associated with prediabetes among Chinese adults: results from the Tianjin Chronic Low-Grade Systemic Inflammation and Health (TCLSIH) Cohort Study

  • Shunming Zhang (a1), Shubham Kumari (a1), Yeqing Gu (a1), Xiaoyue Li (a1), Ge Meng (a1) (a2), Qing Zhang (a3), Li Liu (a3), Hongmei Wu (a1), Yawen Wang (a1), Tingjing Zhang (a1), Xuena Wang (a1), Xingqi Cao (a1), Huiping Li (a1), Yunyun Liu (a1), Xiaohe Wang (a1), Shaomei Sun (a3), Xing Wang (a3), Ming Zhou (a3), Qiyu Jia (a3), Kun Song (a3), Zhong Sun (a1) and Kaijun Niu (a1) (a3) (a4) (a5)...


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