Healthnotes May 2013
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Watch Daily Glycemic Load for Diabetes Protection
Carbohydrates and glycemic load
Carbohydrates are classified as either simple or complex based on the length of the carbohydrate chains that compose them, but better measures of carbohydrate quality have been developed:
Estimating daily glycemic load
The meta-analysis looked at data from 24 studies to find a relationship between daily glycemic load and diabetes risk:
Low glycemic load diet prevents diabetes
The researchers found that eating a low glycemic load diet was protective against diabetes. Their analysis showed:
“Altogether, our meta-analysis supports that glycemic load is an important and underestimated dietary characteristic that, among others, contributes significantly to the incidence of type 2 diabetes,” the study’s authors said.
Reduce your daily glycemic load
Here are some general ways to decrease your daily glycemic load and reduce type 2 diabetes risk:
(Am J Clin Nutr 2013;97:584–96)
Maureen Williams, ND, completed her doctorate in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle and has been in private practice since 1995. With an abiding commitment to access to care, she has worked in free clinics in the US and Canada, and in rural clinics in Guatemala and Honduras where she has studied traditional herbal medicine. She currently lives and practices in Victoria, BC, and lectures and writes extensively for both professional and community audiences on topics including family nutrition, menopause, anxiety and depression, heart disease, cancer, and easing stress. Dr. Williams is a regular contributor to Healthnotes Newswire.