Strong link of diabetes and physical disability seen in later life

A new study published in the journal the “Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology” has thrown light on a strong nexus between people who have diabetes with having a much higher chances of developing physical disability in the later stages of their life. Older people with diabetes are fifty to eighty percent more likely to develop physical disability than those without as per the review of 26 studies. However, no distinction was made between type-1 and type-2 diabetes but most of the data that was collected involved people over the age of 65 and those who are more likely to have type-2 diabetes.

A systematic review of data showed that diabetes was associated with a 71% has increased odds of mobility with an increased relative risk of 51% in patients with an average age of 55 years as per the study carried on by Evelyn Wong, MPH of the Alfred Center in Melbourne, Australia and colleagues. Disability is normally defined as the impaired mobility and inability to perform day-to-day activities such as bathing, eating, shopping or using transport.

Lack of sleep – another cause for diabetes

Lack of sleep another cause for diabetesTo keep up with the world, our lifestyles and eating habits have changed too. We take too many health risks just by carrying out our daily routine. Many of these risks point to diabetes. To that long list, lack of sleep has been added. In this super fast paced world, sleep has taken a back seat. The suggested five hour sleep routine also has to be compromised to fit many things in to our day.

Researchers say that if compromising sleep becomes consistent or if you generally lack sleep, then the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes increases. A research conducted recently provided results that have raised concerns among many. The research involved 21 healthy people and they were confined to the lab during the period of experiment. They were given less than six-hour sleep schedule and were sent to bed later and later every day.

Through this experiment, researchers inferred that the ability of regulating blood sugar levels became very impaired in the people who were involved in it. The impairment was at such a level that the researchers say that if the experiment has continued, the people involved might have developed diabetes permanently.

White Rice Linked with Type2 Diabetes

Researchers have found high consumption of white rice increases the chances of developing diabetics, a disease that is becoming an epidemic in certain countries. The study reveals that for every large portion of rice consumed, the risk of developing the disease increases by 11 percent. People who ate rice as their staple diet, as much as four servings a day, were 27% more likely to develop diabetics, a phenomenon most common in Asian countries.

The research was carried by Harvard School of Public Health across four countries; China, Japan, Australia and the U.S. About 350,000 people were part of the studies for over a period of 4 to 22 years, out of which 13,000 people developed Type 2 diabetes.

The reason behind the higher risk caused by white rice is still unclear. However, researchers believe it could be its high score on the glycemic index (GI). The index shows how a specific food item affects blood sugar level, a high score means it can cause spike in blood sugar. Even previously, research has elucidated how foods with high GI index increase the risk of diabetes.


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