Sunday, February 11, 2007

Fast Tracking Diabetes

According to a new research, people who eat fast food frequently are more likely to gain weight and develop insulin resistance plus such earring habits may increase the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. These findings suggest that frequent fast food consumption cannot be a part of a healthful diet despite claims to the contrary by the food industry.

The repercussions of obesity and type 2 diabetes continue far and wide. A new study by UCLA researchers found that advance heart failure patients with diabetes who are treated with insulin have a death rate four times higher than similar patients treated with oral medications. Because the obesity epidemic has come on so rapidly, most experts point to so called environmental factors as the root cause. One such factor could be fast food. According to the Lancet study, fast food accounts for 10 percent of total energy consumed by children, up from 2 percent in the late 1970s.

To try to isolate the effect of fast food on excess weight and insulin resistance, two major risk factors for type 2 diabetes. The findings point only to an association between fast food and obesity and insulin resistance, not a cause and effect relationship. Nevertheless, the link seems to make sense. Fast food inherently contains some of the worst aspects of a wide variety of dietary factors, including large numbers of calories packed in very calorie dense servings



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