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Your choice of bread could increase your family's risk of developing diabetes

by , 18 February 2013

“People who eat a lot of low-fibre and processed foods that quickly spike blood sugars may, not surprisingly, have a significantly higher risk of the most common form of diabetes” reports Health24 on the back of findings by a new study into the epidemic. Just goes to show you how important food choices are when it comes to protecting your family from the rising scourge of diabetes. Here's what you need to know…

Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the new report “found that the 125,000 studied adults daily ate an average of 139 grams of sugar or its equivalent and confirms links prior researchers made between those so-called high-glycaemic [high GI] foods - including white bread and potatoes - and diabetes,” reports Health24.
 
“By raising blood sugar and demanding that the pancreas keep pumping more insulin, meal after meal, day after day, a high-glycemic diet can put people at risk [of diabetes] over the edge,” Dr David Ludwig told Health24.
 
Fight diabetes by making the right food choices
 
“Bringing down blood-sugar levels and keeping them under control is key,” explains natural health practitioner Dr Jonathan Wright in 10 Natural Ways to Stop Diabetes in its Tracks.
 
Luckily, doing that doesn’t mean you have to swear off things like bread or pasta if you pose a high-risk for diabetes, you just need to be more careful about the choices you make. 
 
“Refined starches – white bread, white rice, white pasta, and anything made with white flour – act a lot like sugar once the body starts to digest them,” explains Joy Bauer in an article on the Food Cures website. 
 
“Therefore, just like sugar, refined starches interfere with glucose control and should be avoided by those with diabetes. Whole grains are a better choice because they’re richer in fibre and generally cause a slower, steadier rise in blood sugar,” continues Bauer.
 
Bottom line: Making the right choices when it comes to staple foods like bread, rice and pasta is important to protecting yourself (and your loved ones) from joining the more than 366 million people in the world who have diabetes. Choose low GI foods like whole grain products over their high GI food counterparts and reduce your diabetes risk today.

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