Diet and Diabetes Risk

by | Oct 16, 2020 | News Briefs

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The group most likely to contract diabetes and other health problems were those who ate a more Westernized diet of fast food, alcoholic beverages and desserts.

According to the International Journal of Health Sciences, diabetes is approaching epidemic proportions globally.1 Understanding blood sugar, and how food choices affect it, is of critical importance around the world. A recent study2 looked at the diets of 1,400 residents of Hangzhou, China. Participants were surveyed on what they typically ate over the previous month, and were put into four groups based on their dietary choices. A number of physical tests were then given to see how well their bodies could manage blood sugar.

Of the four general types of diets reported by participants, those who ate a diet heavy in fruits, vegetables, beans and mushrooms had the fewest indicators for diabetes or the disorders that lead to diabetes.

The group most likely to contract diabetes and other health problems were those who ate a more Westernized diet of fast food, alcoholic beverages and desserts.

“Central obesity,” or belly fat—which is an indicator of looming health problems—was also more prevalent in those who ate the Western-type diet

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