White Rice Pushes Diabetes Risk Up

White Rice Pushes Diabetes Risk Up

While there is no doubt that diabetes has become a contentious issue across the world, a recent study has zeroed on white rice for increasing Type 2 diabetes patients. It has been claimed by researchers at Harvard University in Massachusetts that one should cut short consumption of white rice to shove off the risk attached with type-2 diabetes. The risk of 11% was pushed further with every single serving of white rice, thereby making it clear white rice is one of the factors which are pushing the type-2 diabetes rate up.

For the research, the team examined four researches done in China, Japan, Australia and the United States, which comprised of almost 350,000 people. It was found after the study that those Asians were at escalated risk of the disease owing to their high consumption, as compared to those living in the West. Asians were found to be eating three or four servings of rice a day on average, while those in Western countries, the consumption was limited to two servings a week.

The questioned product is more of starch after it is processed in machines, thereby making in not so healthy in front of brown rice which is rich in fibre, magnesium and vitamins.

"We found that higher white rice consumption was associated with a significantly elevated risk of Type 2 diabetes. This association seems to be stronger for Asians than for Western populations”, stated the report, published in the British Medical Journal.

With nearly as many as 350 million adults suffering with diabetes, it has become all the more imperative that people are being made more aware about the potential consequences of having white rice. With researchers indicating that results of the study were not conclusive, it is expected that an extensive research in the same field needs to be started.


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