One way to reduce the risk of developing diabetes in later life is to eat slowly [according to a study by researchers in Japan].
If said the other way, fast eaters have a higher chance of getting the most common form of the diabetes in their later life.
The study found that people who eat quickly are twice as likely to develop impaired glucose tolerance, known as pre-diabetes. The increased risk was however not observed in people with other eating patterns, including snacking and late-night eating, say the researchers.
The researchers found that after taking into account weight, sex, age, family history of diabetes, smoking and alcohol intake, blood pressure and cholesterol — fast eating was the only pattern that significantly increased the risk for development of Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT).
Explaining the role played by fast eating in increasing the risk of diabetes in later life, the study said that it may be due to the theory which says that eating quickly increases postprandial blood glucose (the amount of sugar in the blood soon after eating).
Link between Impaired Glucose Tolerance and Diabetes:
People with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) have blood glucose levels higher than usual, but not high enough to cause diabetes. But this IGT can actually progress to type 2 diabetes, if preventative steps are not taken. Some 40 to 50 per cent of people with IGT will develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years.
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