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July 21, 2012
Diabetes is undoubtedly among the most common serious diseases in the modern world. Millions of people are suffering from diabetes mellitus, or 2 types of disease linked to inability of human body to produce and support normal processes related to insulin. There are type 1 diabetes is known as juvenile diabetes which strikes mostly young people, and type 2 diabetes which is more common and occurs mainly in adulthood. Such factors a genetic predisposition, obesity, hypertension or increased levels of LDL bad cholesterol are considered the main diabetes risk factors. Leading a healthy lifestyle and following a healthy diet have proven to be very effective diabetes prevention measures for all modern people. For example, according to the findings of a study by the experts at the Harvard School of Public Health, consuming plenty of blueberries and apples is recommended to lower the risks of diabetes.
Experts recommend us to learn to eat slowly and chew our foods thoroughly as an effective preventive measure to lower our diabetes risks. According to the recent findings of a scientific team of specialists from Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, those who do not rush in their mealtime have up to two-and-a-half lower chances to suffer from type 2 diabetes. Eating too fast should be considered among the most influential diabetes risk factors, Lithuanian researchers are convinced, since this kind of bad eating habit is linked to many unwanted side effects and health conditions. In particular, eating quickly usually causes indigestion and related problems of our digestive system. It is also closely related to increased weight gain, thus creating a good environment for developing type 2 diabetes.
The researchers analyzed the data collected on over 700 people aged between 30 and 55. Among those who participated the study, 234 participants had type 2 diabetes. They were asked to answer plenty of questions regarding their lifestyles, eating habits, diet, exercise routine, and many other factors that could possibly play a role in diabetes development. The questions included information about the participants’ being smokers or not, as well as whether they eat quickly or eat slowly. The study included also measuring the participants’ BMA. After analyzing the data, Lithuanian scientists can to the conclusion that those who always eat fast usually have higher BMI and are in the risk group for developing type 2 diabetes, along with many other serious health conditions. For those who usually eat slowly, the risks of diabetes are reduced for as much as 75 per cent.
Dr Lina Radzeviciene, one of the study leaders and an expert from Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and the Institute of Endocrinology, underlines that the prevalence of type 2 diabetes has been decreasing drastically in the recent years, and it is likely to turn into a world pandemic. According to the scientist, it involves interaction of numerous diabetes risk factors, with heredity, lifestyle, nutrition, and bad habits to be the key ones. ‘It’s important to identify modifiable diabetes risk factors that may help people reduce their chances of developing the disease,’ Radzeviciene said. These new findings were presented recently at the International Congress of Endocrinology and European Congress of Endocrinology in Florence, Italy. It is reported that these findings support the conclusions of some previous researches showing that eating fast is linked to consuming more calories and increased risks of obesity.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.