Energy-dense Foods may Trigger Diabetes

Energy-dense Foods may Trigger Diabetes

Energy-dense Foods may Trigger Diabetes

If a person is taking energy dense food or diet with high calorie per unit volume of food, may increase the risk of developing type-2 diabetes (which is independent of baseline obesity). Energy dense foods contain very high amount of carbohydrate and fats per volume of food, like highly processed and refined foods, fatty foods, meats, and calorie-laden fruit juices or soft drinks. High energy-dense foods contain more energy (calories) and they are also associated with weight gain and high blood sugar levels. Low energy-dense foods are fresh whole grains or cereals, fruits and vegetables, water and calorie-free drinks etc.

In Britain a study was conducted to see if high energy-dense foods increase the chances of developing diabetes. In the study researches included 21,919 men and women (who were free of diabetes, cancer, or cardiovascular disease at the beginning of the study), aged between 40 and 79 years of age. They ere divided into 2 groups, one with energy-dense diets averaged approximately 2,600 daily calories with 35-40 percent from fat (this group consumed greater amounts of meat, especially processed meat, and soft drinks, and lower quantity of fresh vegetables and fruit, and water or other calorie-free beverages) and the other group with low energy-dense diets averaged approximately 1,600 calories per day with less than 30 percent from fat (this group consumed more fresh vegetables, fruit, and calorie-free drinks, and less meats and soft drinks). Data about food habits were collected at the beginning of the study.

They were followed up for 12 years and out of 21,919 persons 725 people developed type-2 diabetes. The incidence of diabetes was 60 percent higher among high energy-dense diets in compare to low energy-dense diets.

Although there is need for more study and research, the above study clearly indicates that adoption of healthier food habit with less energy-dense diets in combination with physical activity could help prevent diabetes (especially Type-2 diabetes).

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    nice information

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