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March 15th, 2012
Podcast 149: High levels of white rice consumption seem linked to higher risks for type 2 diabetes
A BMJ meta-analysis suggests that people with the highest levels of white rice consumption are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes.
The authors examined four studies, together comprising some 350,000 subjects. Two were done in Asian populations and two among Westerners. They found a much higher intake of white rice among Asians, and a strong association between consumption level and risk. In Western populations, the association was suggestive, but not as strong.
The effect may possibly derive from the higher glycemic load with increasing consumption, or from the nutrients stripped away with the rice husk during milling.
The senior author, Dr. Qi Sun, discusses his findings with us in a brief interview.
BMJ article (free)