Friday, July 2, 2010

Saipan Nutrition: 5+ Servings of White Rice Per Week Can Increase Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Researchers from the Harvard University's School of Public Health released a study on the effects of rice. The study states that eating over 5 servings of rice each week can lead to a substantial increase in the risk of type 2 diabetes. Replacing just one serving with brown rice can lead to a reduction in the risk. Rice is an important part of many people’s diets on the Islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota. Here in the CNMI, diabetes is a major health issue, effecting most of the population young and old alike.

The report states that the outer parts of brown rice slow down the work of the body’s digestive enzymes into starch. This means that the release of sugar into the bloodstream is slower after eating brown rice compared to white rice. A diet of foods that quickly release sugar into the bloodstream has been linked with a greater risk of type two diabetes. The exact reason for this is not known.

If you are currently having trouble managing chronic diabetes and you are generally confined to your home, Pacific Home Health Care, LLC. is available to monitor, evaluate and provide diabetes education. Please give us a call today for more information at 670-234-CARE (2273)

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