White rice consumption and risk of Type 2 diabetes

Do rice intakes cause risk of Type 2 diabetes?.

Though there was a widely prevalent notion about an association, this was unknown and untested so far. After a detailed meta-analysis, researchers from Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health and Channing Laboratory, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School have concluded that higher consumption of white rice is associated with a significantly increased risk of type 2 diabetes, especially in Asian (Chinese and Japanese) populations.

Their study appears in the March 16, 1012 on line issue of the British Medical Journal. The researchers searched  literature (up to January 2012) of Medline and Embase for prospective cohort studies examining the association between rice intake and risk of type 2 diabetes.

From 3278 articles from the two sources, the researchers could select four which satisfied the rigorous selection criteria.Full paper cane be accessed at:


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I am a former Secretary of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. I am a former Raja Ramanna Fellow in the Department of Atomic Energy. Free lance journalism is my hobby
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