SUBSCRIBE

Breaking News on Food & Beverage Development - EuropeUS edition | Asian edition

News > Science

Read more breaking news

 

 

Dietary advice should be no different for those with diabetes, study finds

By Caroline Scott-Thomas+

16-Oct-2013

Eating more fruits and vegetables is beneficial for everyone...
Eating more fruits and vegetables is beneficial for everyone...

Dietary guidelines for those with diabetes should be the same as those for the general population – although the benefits of following a healthy diet are greater for diabetics, claim the authors of a new study.

The research, published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes), examined the diet and lifestyle factors of nearly 260,000 participants in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study without known diabetes, and 6,384 diabetic participants.

They looked at overall mortality risk factors, including smoking, alcohol consumption, BMI, waist/height ratio, leisure time physical activity and 26 food groups. They found that diabetes status did not have a significant impact on the effect of lifestyle factors.

For dietary factors, they found that the same foods contributed to increased and decreased mortality risk regardless of diabetes status, but the effect was greater for those with diabetes.

The authors said: "It appears that the intake of some food groups is more beneficial (fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, pasta, poultry, vegetable oil) or more detrimental (soft drinks, butter, margarine, cake, cookies) with respect to mortality risk in people with diabetes. This may indicate that individuals with diabetes may benefit more from a healthy diet than people without diabetes. However, since the directions of association were generally the same, recommendations for a healthy diet should be similar for people with or without diabetes."

The results also backed the current recommendation that people with diabetes could safely consume alcohol within the upper recommended limits. Those with diabetes who exercised had an “appreciably lower” risk of death than inactive people, the researchers found.

The full paper is available online here (pdf) .

Related products

Live Supplier Webinars

Rethinking Fat Forum
William Reed Business Media

On demand Supplier Webinars

Your future starts at Cargill's T for Trends
Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate
Food testing — let automation take the strain
Qiagen
ETENIA™: Recognize True Milk Value
AVEBE
The FoodNavigator Salt Reduction Forum
William Reed Business Media
All supplier webinars