White Rice and Type 2 Diabetes

In a report published yesterday in the Archives of Internal Medicine researchers found, after surveying almost 200,000 people, a link between white rice consumption and the occurrence of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the type of diabetes that is typically linked to poor healthy living habits.

The problem with white rice is that it breaks down quickly into its sugar components (glucose) and the glucose enters the blood stream rapidly. From what I understand (and I can be corrected) when glucose enters the blood stream too rapidly for the body to use it as a source of needed energy insulin is released from the pancreas to pull the glucose out of the blood stream. Then insulin helps put the glucose in storage for future energy needs. It is typically stored as fat. Over time too many emergency requests for the body to remove high amounts of blood sugar (glucose) can in a sense burn out the body’s ability to perform the action and, I believe, diabetes type 2 results. I trust this makes sense.

According to the conclusions of the study replacing white rice with whole grains could cut the risk of type 2 diabetes by more than a third.  This is because whole grains are higher in fiber and release their energy in the form of glucose more slowly. In contrast, white rice has typically all the bran and some of the germ removed during the milling process which makes it break down quicker than whole grains or even brown rice.

Apparently, according to the BBC report on the study, more than 70 percent of the rice consumed in countries like the USA and UK is white.

You can read the abstract of the study in the Archives of Internal Medicine study via this link.

If you are looking for more tips on how to create healthy eating habits including simple visual diagrams you can follow to balance your eating check out the electronic workbook ‘Simplify Healthy Eating Habits’ today. Details are located here.

You can also check out the DVD set You: The Owner’s Manual with Dr. Mehmet Oz Dr. Oz is definitely a wealth of health information. I enjoyed checking out his book You: the Owner’s Manual.

Best of health to you,


P.S. please share this information with someone close to you whose health you are concerned about.