11/12/2015 10:59 EST | Updated 11/14/2015 09:59 EST

Homemade Meals Could Lower Risk For Diabetes

Research by the American Heart Association has shown that eating more home cooked meals could reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

According to the study, those who ate two homemade meals -- lunch or dinner -- per day had a 13 percent lower risk of getting the disease. Eating homemade meals was also associated with less overall weight gain in middle-aged and older health professionals.

Researchers looked at data from nearly 58,000 women in the Nurses' Health Study and from more than 41,000 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.

The results of the report were presented at the Association's Scientific Sessions 2015 in Orlando, Florida.

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