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White rice linked to higher diabetes risk: study.

PESHAWAR, June 28 -- A US-based study linked eating white rice to higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and backed long-held claims that brown rice is healthier than the white variety.

People who ate at least five servings of white rice per week had a 17 per cent greater risk of developing diabetes than those who consumed less than one serving per month, Harvard School of Public Health scientists found.

Examining data from over 197,000 adults for up to 22 years, the study also found that consuming two or more servings of brown rice per week was associated with an 11 per cent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who ate less than one serving a month.

Patients with diabetes have high blood sugar levels, which are linked to the body's inability to produce enough insulin in order to properly break down sugars and starches into glucose for energy.

While still lower than in Asian countries, US rice consumption is increasingly rapidly. More than 70 per cent of the rice consumed in the United States is white, the researchers noted.

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Publication:The Statesman (Peshawar, Pakistan)
Date:Jun 28, 2010
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