The North West of England Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity Newsletter

White rice or brown rice?

Posted by Akheel Syed on 16 June, 2010

White Rice, Brown Rice, and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in US Men and Women
Qi Sun, MD, ScD; Donna Spiegelman, ScD; Rob M. van Dam, PhD; Michelle D. Holmes, MD, DrPH; Vasanti S. Malik, MSc; Walter C. Willett, MD, DrPH; Frank B. Hu, MD, PhD
Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(11):961-969

In this large scale epidemiological study of diet, lifestyle practices, and disease status among 39 765 men and 157 463 women, higher intake of white rice (> 4 servings per week vs < 1 per month) was associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes: pooled relative risk 1.17 (95% confidence interval 1.02 to 1.36).

The authors conclude with the recommendation that most carbohydrate intake should come from whole grains rather than refined grains to help prevent type 2 diabetes.

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