Type 2 diabetes is one of the fastest-growing health problems in Americans of all ages.
Now studies are showing that people who eat more white rice are at increased type 2 diabetes risk, and those who eat more brown rice have less risk.
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Diabetes is marked by unusually high levels of blood sugar. The sugar is normally converted into energy with help from the hormone insulin. Diabetes occurs when the body can’t properly produce or use insulin.
Type 2 diabetes heightens the risk for various health conditions, including coronary artery disease, stroke, nerve damage and kidney and eye disease.
Being overweight or inactive boosts diabetes risk. So does a family history of diabetes, being older and of certain ethnicities.
Earlier studies have already hinted that increased consumption of refined carbohydrates, including sugary foods and white breads, might also raise the risk, and now research suggests that whole-grain foods like brown rice could reduce the likelihood of diabetes.