Watch your diet to reduce diabetes risk

What you eat and drink, and not just the number of calories, is a significant factor in diabetes risk, a study showed.

Despite rising awareness, more than half of the men in major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Chennai suffer from diabetes, according to a survey by Metropolis Healthcare. Source: Thinkstock Images Despite rising awareness, more than half of the men in major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Chennai suffer from diabetes, according to a survey by Metropolis Healthcare. Source: Thinkstock Images
By: Indo-Asian News Service | London | Published on:September 3, 2014 12:45 pm

What you eat and drink, and not just the number of calories, is a significant factor in diabetes risk, a study showed.

Losing weight may be good but not enough to prevent Type 2 diabetes as researchers have shown that you do not have to be overweight to have elevated levels of glucose in blood.

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For the study, researchers compared genetically identical twins – one heavier and one leaner – and found that after eating a fast food meal, the circulating metabolites, including those related to Type 2 diabetes, were found in both individuals at the same levels.

The onset of this type of diabetes is largely influenced by genetic factors and/or the composition of the microbe population living in our intestine, the study indicated.

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“Our study contributes to a better understanding of the genetic and environmental factors influencing several risk factors which are associated with obesity and metabolic diseases (e.g., Type 2 diabetes),” said study author Matej Oresic from the Steno Diabetes Center in Gentofte, Denmark.

The study appeared in The FASEB Journal.

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