Diabetes Forecast

Whole Grains Help Fight Insulin Resistance

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,
wooden spoon filled with buckwheat


Including whole grains in your meal plan might help improve your body’s sensitivity to insulin, whether you have type 2 diabetes already or are at risk for it. Researchers compared a whole grain diet with one consisting of refined grains—both equal in total carbohydrate—in 14 adults with prediabetes who followed each of the diets for eight weeks at a time. Eating whole grains decreased their resistance to insulin and upped the function of insulin-producing beta cells. Eating whole grains, such as oatmeal and brown rice, instead of refined grains reduces blood glucose and should be part of any strategy to prevent or treat diabetes, the researchers say.
Source: American Diabetes Association's 74th annual Scientific Sessions, June 2014



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