White Rice Consumption Increases Risk of Diabetes

Though we still cannot stop the aging process, we do have a significant amount of control over prevention of disease and increasing longevity.

An increasingly common disease that is linked to many major illnesses and early death is diabetes.

The most common type II diabetes is seen with increasing frequency in overweight middle aged people, and almost always can be prevented through diet and exercise.

Food with high glycemic indices are food that produce a lot of glucose when consumed.  One such food is white rice.  White rice is a staple of the Asian diet and very popular in western nations.  It is a processed form of naturally occurring brown rice which has a lower glycemic index.

Publishing their results in the British Medical Journal, researchers performed a meta-analysis of all studies looking at the association between white rice and diabetes.  They found four high quality prospective studies which analyzed a total of 352,384 subjects who were followed from 4 to 22 years.  The populations under study were from China, Japan, Australia, and the United States.

Overall 13, 284 cases of diabetes developed, and statistical analysis determined there was a 27% increased risk of developing diabetes in those who ate white rice versus thus who did not.

The effect was dose-responsive:  for each daily serving of white rice consumed the risk of diabetes increased by 11%.  The effect was also more pronounced in women and persons of Asian descent.

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