Whole Grains and Type 2 Diabetes

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More than 9 million Canadians are living with diabetes or prediabetes (higher than normal blood sugar levels).[1]  The majority suffer from type 2 diabetes which occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body does not effectively use the insulin that is produced. This type of diabetes usually develops in adulthood, although increasing numbers of children are being diagnosed due to unhealthy lifestyles.  If left untreated or not managed, diabetes may lead to heart disease, kidney disease, eye disease and nerve damage. Can we take steps to possibly reduce the risk of this disease?  A healthy eating plan, a healthy body weight and regular physical activity may play a role in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.  Certain foods appear to potentially provide greater protection than others.  The University of California recently reviewed 66 studies to determine in part the role of whole grains in type 2 diabetes risk.[2]  They found that people who ate three to five servings of whole grains daily appeared to be 26% less likely to develop this disease.  Make 100% whole grains a part of your day, every day!

[1] http://www.diabetes.ca/diabetes-and-you/what/facts

[2] Ye, E., et al. “Greater whole-grain intake is associated with lower risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and weight gain.”  J Nutr. 2012 Jul;142(7):1304-13.

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