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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