*African Americans may seriously want to consider adding more bananas and other potassium-rich foods to their diets.
That is the implied suggestion of a just-released study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
According to the study, lower potassium levels in the blood may help explain why Blacks are twice as likely as whites to develop type-2 diabetes.
Study author Dr. Hsin-Chieh “Jessica” Yeh issued a statement saying, in part, “We now know lower serum potassium is an independent risk factor for diabetes and that African-Americans have, on average, lower potassium levels than whites. What remains to be seen is if increasing potassium levels through diet or supplementation can prevent the most common form of diabetes.”
Details of the study appear in the current issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Meanwhile, other studies have shown that African-Americans get less potassium in their diets than white Americans averaging just half of the government recommended 4,700 milligrams per day. You can improve your diet by eating potassium-rich foods such as bananas, melons, lentils and yogurt.