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White rice raises diabetes risk: study

Replacing it with brown could cut risk by one-third


In a study of almost 200,000 people in the U.S., white rice consumption was linked to type 2 diabetes, researchers from Harvard University report in the Archives of Internal Medicine. According to them, brown rice and wholegrain foods release glucose more gradually, making them a better choice that white rice, which can cause a spike in blood sugar. In the study, people who ate five or more 150 g servings of white rice per week had a 17 per cent increased risk of diabetes compared to those who consumed less than one per month. Eating brown rice seemed to actually cut the risk for type 2 diabetes, the BBC reports, with people who ate two or more servings of it per week showing an 11 per cent reduced risk compared to those who ate less than one serving a month.

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White rice raises diabetes risk: study

  1. I am a 54 year old Englishman with Type II diabetes. Ten years ago before being diagnosed I weighed in at 13stones 10lbs. I started my own private medical practice and found that time constraints meant that I "grabbed a sandwich" or quick fix foods all too quickly. Within 6 months I burgeoned to 21stones 7lbs.____Recently I went on a diet to both lose the weight and rebuild my diet by introducing food groups and testing my hunger levels and sugar levels after my meals.____I was absolutely astonished at the result. During the week of "grains" I introduced food with white flour – specifically- crepes and tested my levels. My now even and moderated sugar levels shot to two to three times their levels.____The following week I conducted the same experiment with White Pasta. I would urge serious studies into the catalytic effect of these agents and ask why they use one by-product (ALLOXAN) in laboratory experiments to induce diabetes in lab rats.____Any thoughts?

  2. Never knew this. Good thing I don't eat too much rice. Speaking of lab rats, Did you know that lab rats show pain with facial expressions? Here is an article about it that you might enjoy. http://www.americanbiotechnologist.com/blog/mouse