Monday, Oct 20, 2014

Watch your diet to reduce diabetes risk

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
Indo-Asian News Service | London | Posted: 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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