For the prevention and management of diabetes, healthy eating plays a major role. A chance of getting type-2 diabetes is influenced by many factors like age, weight, and how often you exercise. Recently, a very large study was conducted by U.S. researchers, which has shown a close link between white rice consumption and type-2 diabetes risk. It is also suggested by study that increased consumption of brown rice significantly reduces the risk of developing diabetes. This research may have implications for Asians, including Indians, whose staple food is rice.
Some earlier studies which were carried out in China, Japan, and India have also linked a high consumption of white rice with a raised risk of type 2 diabetes. In these countries, people eat much more rice than people in the UK and other non-Asian countries. Could rice also be connected to diabetes in countries that consume much less than other? It is associated with brown and white rice.
A new study is published in the 14th June issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. According to this study, five or more servings of white rice a week raised the risk of type-2 diabetes by 17 percent. However, the study found that replacing white rice with brown rice could decrease the risk of developing type-2 diabetes by 16 percent. If you don't like brown rice, at least mix them together because brown rice releases glucose, said by researchers. To find treatment for diabetes and reduce your risk by starting to use more brown rice recipes, researchers are studying.
The study's lead author, Dr. Qi Sun, an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a researcher at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said, “This is an important message for public health. White rice is potentially harmful for the risk of type 2 diabetes. Over the last decade, rice consumption in the U.S. has really increased a lot, but more than 70 percent of the rice consumed is white rice. People should replace white rice with brown rice or whole grains.”
In type-2 diabetes, high blood sugar level reached due to a body's inability to process sugar properly and is often linked to obesity and poor diet. In recent study, about 39, 765 men and 1, 57, 463 women participated. With this study, the researchers also took into deliberation the updated diet, lifestyle practices, and disease status of these people. Age factor was also accounted in this study.
Brown rice is superior to white rice due to its fiber content, minerals, vitamins, and phytochemicals. Also, brown rice does not raise blood sugar levels largely after a meal. Most vitamins and minerals of brown rice are removed by milling and polishing. Also, the fibers of rice are striped away by milling which helps deter diabetes by slowing the rush of sugar (glucose) into the bloodstream.
Healthy eating habits are one of the most important factors that affect health of people. This study indicates how important it is for health to eat whole grain food. Type-2 diabetes must be controlled in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle including a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Brown rice and other whole grains reduce risk of diabetes
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