White Rice Consumption Increases the Risks of Diabetes

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white rice diabetesMany Asian people consume rice on a regular basis. What they do not know is that eating white rice on a regular basis may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. Recent research results show that people who consume white rice three or four times a day tend to be affected by type 2 diabetes when compared to those who only eat white rice once or twice a week.

Diabetes is quite a dangerous disease, therefor people are advised to prevent and avoid it, whereas for people who suffers diabetes they should always control their blood sugar level. Nowadays people with diabetes can even control blood sugar levels through an iPhone.

Experts estimate the risk of diabetes increase by 11 percent every time there is an increase in the intake of white rice every day. However, as quoted by LiveScience, this study only shows an association, not the causality.

In this study, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, United States examined four previous studies that examined the relationship between eating white rice and the risk of type 2 diabetes. Two of them carried out in Asian countries (China and Japan) and the other two in America and Australia.

They want to know whether the relationship between eating white rice and the development of diabetes is stronger among Asians who tend to eat more white rice compared to people who do not eat white rice on a regular basis.

The study involved about 352 thousand respondents. The study duration varied between four to 22 years. This study shows none of the respondents affected by diabetes when the study began. But after the study period, a total of 13,284 people are known to have diabetes. These findings were published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) edition of March 15, 2012.

The relationship between increased consumption of white rice with diabetes risk was found in Asia and Western countries, although this relationship is stronger in countries in Asia. The scientists also found that the association is stronger among women compared to men.

The researchers said rice has a glycemic index (carbohydrate levels in the blood) which is quite high, which means the body quickly converts carbohydrates into glucose in rice. Glycemic index from white rice is about 64 on a scale of 100 (As a comparison of data from Harvard, ice cream has a glycemic index of 61, orange juice, 50). Many people who wants to lose weight often avoids them by doing a glycemic index diet to maintain ideal body weight. Scientists say white rice contains less nutrients than brown rice.

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