BUFFALO, N.Y.-- When it comes to diabetes, more research is being done on prevention; and what you eat can play a big part.

Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine found that consuming a high protein diet could put some women at risk for diabetes.
Their study placed some post-menopausal women in either a group that included the recommended daily amount of protein, or a group that consumed large amounts.
All of the women lost weight, but the group that consumed the recommended amount improved their insulin sensitivity by 25% to 30%. The women who ate more protein, lost slightly less lean muscle, but they did not show improvements in insulin sensitivity. These improvements play an important role in lowering the risk for diabetes and heart disease.

Another study links sugar-sweetened beverages to Type- 2 diabetes.
Researchers at Tufts University found that those who regularly consumed sugar-sweetened beverages had a 46% higher risk of later developing pre-diabetes. There was no link found, however, with diet sodas.
Now, this study does not prove sodas and other sugary drinks causes diabetes, but more research is needed.

What may cause your eating habits can play a role in diabetes too-- such as the fear of losing your job.
British researchers found that those worried about becoming unemployed were 19% more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes regardless of their age or other health issues. Other studies have linked job insecurity to weight gain, which is a major risk factor for diabetes.

Something that may improve the health of those with Type-2 diabetes-- getting married!
Japanese researchers found married people were half as likely to be overweight than singles and had better blood sugar control. Marriage also lowered the risk for metabolic syndrome among men, but not women with diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is a combination of related factors - including high blood pressure and high blood sugar that boost the risk of heart disease and stroke.

(NBC Contributed)