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People who eat fast may face high diabetes risk
05.08.2012Simply eating too fast may be a risk factor for developing diabetes, according to a new study presented at the International Congress of Endocrinology in Italy. The researchers said that healthcare and wellness programs should take this into consideration to help people avoid metabolic problems.
In the study, researchers surveyed more than 700 individuals about their eating habits. The results showed that participants who reported that they generally eat faster than other people were about 2.5 times more likely to have diabetes than those who said they eat slower than most.
The findings were consistent regardless of how much a person typically ate at individual meals, as well as other potential confounding factors like family history, body mass index, waist circumference and metabolic health.
Fast eaters have always been recognized as facing a higher risk of developing diabetes. However, most medical professionals thought that this was simply because people who eat quickly tend to consume more food at each meal. But the present study indicates that fast eating is a risk factor in and of itself.
The researchers said this is an important finding because it represents an entirely modifiable risk factor. Most people should be able to slow the pace at which they eat, particularly if they seek help from healthcare and wellness programs. This simple change could be a powerful tool in the fight against rapidly escalating diabetes rates.
"The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is increasing globally and becoming a world pandemic. It appears to involve interaction between susceptible genetic backgrounds and environmental factors. It's important to identify modifiable risk factors that may help people reduce their chances of developing the disease," said lead researcher Lina Radzeviciene, of Lithuanian University.
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