Eating too fast could increase vulnerability to diabetes two-and-a-half times
People who eat too fast can be on an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to scientists. The risk in such persons increases two-and-a-half times.
It happens so because eating very fast could encourage weight gain that can provoke the disease.
Scientists in Lithuania presented their research findings at the International Congress of Endocrinology and European Congress of Endocrinology in Florence, Italy, the Daily Mail reported.
The study took into account 702 people, including 234 patients who had recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
During study, a detailed questionnaire about their lifestyles including sections on diets, exercise and smoking habits was given and participants were asked to provide their data.
Women with increased weight miss out on jobs due to ?fat discrimination' question asked them if they ate faster, more slowly or at the same speed as others.
During study their body mass index was also calculated in order to find out whether they are obese.
The team of researchers reached at the conclusion that those who admitted they ate faster than other people were two-and-a-half times more prone to develop type 2 diabetes.
The scientist asserts that this trend continued even once they had accounted for other causes like obesity, smoking, diet and a family history of the disease.
"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," lead researcher Dr Lina Radzeviciene from Lithuanian University of Health Sciences has been quoted as saying..
"It's important to identify modifiable risk factors that may help people reduce their chances of developing the disease," she stated.
However the researchers have not said anything about why eating fast appeared to be associated with type 2 diabetes.
But obesity has long been identified as one of the prime causes of the illnesses.
Former studies have revealed that people who eat quickly also eat in large amounts, and as a result are more prone to be overweight.
Experts explain, it is because their digestive system doesn't have a chance to send a signal to the brain that it is full.
But David Speigelhalter, a professor in the public understanding of risk at Cambridge University, cautioned that the study was very small to be meaningful.
"This is one of those many small studies that raise an interesting question but don't prove causation. It is a huge and unjustified jump to say that eating slower reduces your risk of getting diabetes," he explained.
--with inputs from ANI
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