Diet high in carbs raises female diabetes risk

Tue, 11 Dec 2007
According to a new study, Chinese and black American females that eat high-carbohydrate foods are increasing their risks of developing type 2 diabetes . Another study confirmed that carbohydrates strongly affected blood glucose levels by investigating foods high on the Glycaemic index .

One study, conducted at the Boston University School of Public Health, studied 40,000 black American women using food questionnaires spread over several years. Those women that ate high GI foods and diets with high glycaemic loads were found to be more likely to develop diabetes. Conversely, cereal fibre was found to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes amongst the study group.

The authors of the study reportedly commented: "Our results indicate that black women can reduce their risk of diabetes by eating a diet that is relatively high in cereal fiber. Incorporating fiber sources into the diet is relatively easy: A simple change from white bread (two slices provides 1.2 grams of fiber) to whole wheat bread (two slices provides 3.8 grams of fiber) ... will move a person from a low fiber intake category to a moderate intake category, with a corresponding 10 percent reduction in risk."

A second study team at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center reportedly commented: "Given that a large part of the world's population consumes rice and carbohydrates as the mainstay of their diets, these prospective data linking intake of refined carbohydrates to increased risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus may have substantial implications for public health."
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