Consumption of certain food may increase the risk of diabetes and food high in carbs and sugar content may worsen diabetes cases. Some food may lower the risk of diabetes while some can double the risk of diabetes.
What food may double the risk of diabetes?
Recent studies conducted by different groups suggest that consuming butter and red meat may double the risk of developing diabetes.
How butter doubles the risk of developing Type-2 diabetes?
The consumption of animal fats and saturated fat such as cheese and butter that are rich in saturated fatty acids and trans fats cause greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The study of the findings was led by Marta Guasch-Ferre, researcher at Harvard TH.Chan School of Public Health in the US.
The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed that “people who consumed 12 grams per day of butter had a two-fold higher risk of developing diabetes”.
How red meat double the risk of diabetes?
A recent study found that increased intake of red meat and poultry may up the risk of developing diabetes. The study partially attributes the risk to higher heme iron content in these meats. It, however, suggests that other chemicals present in red meat could be the cause. The study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology was carried out by the Chinese Health Study.
What food may help treat diabetes?
According to the researchers, while eating fish or shellfish is not associated with risk of diabetes. whole-fat yogurt intake is associated with a lower risk.
The study led by Marta also states that diets rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, high on healthy fats like olive oil and low in refined sugars and saturated fats may be useful for preventing chronic diseases, particularly Type-2 diabetes.
Interestingly, the study led by professor Koh Woon Puay from Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore suggests that chicken parts with lower heme-iron contents such as breast meat, compared to chicken thighs, could be healthier.
(With inputs from agencies)