Be safe from diabetes to fight corona, whole grain carbohydrates reduces risk

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LONDON: Something as simple as making the switch to eating whole grain carbohydrates could significantly reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes. Researchers have discovered that consuming high quality carbohydrates such as whole grain breads, brown pasta and oats was associated with a low chance of the condition.

“If you are not diabetic patients, you may be in better position to fight coronavirus pandemic”, researchers suggested.

Kim Braun

Eating higher intake of high-quality carbohydrates, especially from whole grains, are associated with a lower risk for type 2 diabetes, say researchers.

“High intake of carbohydrates has been suggested to be associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes,” said study lead author Kim Braun from Harvard University in the US.

For the findings, the research team looked at whether this effect is different for high-quality carbohydrates and low-quality carbohydrates, which include refined grains, sugary foods and potatoes.

In the study, the research team analysed data from three studies that followed health professionals in the US over time.

They also found that replacing low-quality carbohydrates with saturated fats, but not with other nutrients, was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.“These results highlight the importance of distinguishing between carbohydrates from high- and low- quality sources when examining diabetes risk,” said Braun.

“Conducting similar studies in people with various socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities and age will provide insight into how applicable these findings are for other groups,” Braun added.

The study was scheduled to be presented at ‘NUTRITION 2020 LIVE ONLINE’, a virtual conference hosted by the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) this week.