People who eat a lot of low-fiber foods and processed foods that cause a quick release of sugar into their blood can, not surprisingly, have a significantly higher risk of the most common form of diabetes, according to a new study.
“Increasing blood sugar requires the pancreas to continue to produce more insulin, with each meal, day after day, a high glycemic diet can put people at risk for the disease,” Dr. David Ludwig, an obese researcher, said. Boston Children’s Hospital.
The report analyzes 24 studies published since 1997 that tracked the diet of 125,000 adults. A new study confirms that there is a connection between those so-called high-glycemic foods – including white bread and potatoes – and diabetes.
A new report by researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, Oxford University in the UK and other institutions found that studied people daily eat an average of 139 grams of sugar or its equivalents.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 8 percent of people across the country have diabetes. More than 90 percent of these cases are type 2 diabetes mellitus, which prevents the proper use or production of the sugar-regulating hormone insulin by the body.
Low glycemic foods include fish, meat, fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, nuts, cheeses and other dairy products, brown rice and other unrefined grains. The glycemic index is calculated by multiplying the total number of grams of carbohydrates in a given product by a specific glycemic index, which can be found on the Internet.