In a recent American Heart Association study of women with Type 2 diabetes, bran was found to lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 35%. (Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease; about 23 million Americans are estimated to have it.) In the 26-year longitudinal study of 7,822 women, researchers found that women who consumed the most whole grain and bran — about 10 grams a day –had a significantly reduced risk of death from heart disease. “Patients with diabetes face two to three times the risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death compared to the general population,” said Lu Qi, M.D., Ph.D., senior author of the study who also is assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and assistant professor of nutrition in the Harvard School of Public Health. The American Heart Association recommends a dietary pattern rich in whole-grain, high fiber foods and that half of an individual’s grain intake should come from whole grains. To see more, click here.