Refined Carbs And Meat Driving Global Rise In Type 2 Diabetes, Study Says


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Refined carbs and meat driving global rise in type 2 diabetes, study says

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Eating too many refined wheat and rice products, along with too few whole grains, is contributing to the rise in new cases of type 2 diabetes worldwide, according to a new study that models the new study. data up to 2018.

“Our study shows that poor quality carbohydrates are the leading cause of diet-related type 2 diabetes worldwide,” says senior author Dr. Dariusz Mozaffarian, professor of nutrition at Tufts University and professor of medicine at Tufts Medical School in Boston. statement.

Another key factor is that people eat too much red and processed meat like bacon, sausage, salami and the like, the study says. These three factors — eating too little whole grains and too much processed grains and meats — were the root causes of more than 14 million new cases of type 2 diabetes in 2018, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Medicine.


In fact, the study estimated that 7 out of 10 cases of type 2 diabetes worldwide in 2018 were due to poor food choices.

“These new findings point to critical areas for national and global efforts to improve nutrition and reduce the devastating burden of diabetes,” said Mozaffarian, who is also editor-in-chief. Tufts’ letter on health and nutrition.

Mozaffarian and his team developed the Diet Study Model between 1990 and 2018 and applied it to 184 countries. The study showed that compared to 1990, there were 8.6 million cases of type 2 diabetes due to malnutrition in 2018.

The researchers found that eating too much unhealthy food contributed more to type 2 diabetes globally than not eating enough. healthy foods, especially for men compared to women, young people compared to older people, and urban people compared to rural people.


More than 60% of all diet-related illnesses in the world have been linked to excess consumption of just six unhealthy dietary habits: eating too much refined rice, wheat and potatoes; too much processed and unprocessed red meat; drinking too many sugar-sweetened drinks and fruit juices.

Insufficient consumption of five protective dietary factors – fruits, non-starchy vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains and yogurt – was responsible for just over 39% of new cases.

People in Poland and Russ*a, where the diet tends to focus on potatoes, red and processed meats, and elsewhere in Eastern and Central Europe and Central Asia, had the highest percentage of new cases of diet-related type 2 diabetes. .

Colombia, Mexico and other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have also reported high numbers of new cases, which the researchers say may be linked to addictions to sugary drinks and processed meats, as well as low consumption of whole grains.


“Our modeling approach does not prove causation and our findings should be considered as a risk assessment,” the authors write.


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