Whole Grains Help Women with Diabetes

Whole Grains Help Women with Diabetes
According to a recent Harvard University School of Public Health study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Circulation, women diabetics who eat the most high fiber whole grain foods have a considerably lower death rate than women who eat the least amount of whole grains.

Whole grain wheat, rice and oats still contain the bran (the hard, fiber-rich outer layer of grains), which has been removed from white bread, white rice and processed cereals.

Scientists have found that eating high fiber bran significantly reduces both cardiovascular deaths from heart attack and stroke, plus the total deaths in diabetic women.

Earlier studies showed that whole grains offered healthy heart protection to people in general, but this was the first research showing a protective effect specifically for diabetic women.

Diabetes and Women

Diabetes affects over 23 million Americans, including 12 million women, and is a leading cause of death in the U S. and other developed countries. Adults suffering from diabetes have two to four times the risk of stroke and two to four times the risk of death than their healthy peers.

But there are many other complications associated with diabetes. Complications include high blood pressure, blindness, kidney failure, nervous system disorders and amputations.

The Harvard researchers studied women's eating habits and patterns for over 26 years.

They discovered that women in the top 20% of whole grain consumption had a 35% lower risk of death from cardiovascular diseases (stroke and heart attack). They also had a 28% lower risk of overall death from ANY disease than women in the bottom 20% of fiber consumption.

The study also pointed out that women who ate the most high fiber whole grain foods had a 55% lower risk for death from all causes and a 64% lower risk for deadly stroke or heart attack than those who ate no whole grain foods at all.

Previous research showed the reason why whole grains are beneficial for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases is that they seem to reduce inflammation in the body. They also appear to play an important role in the regulation and normalization of blood pressure.

Whole Grains and Diabetes

Diabetes is not a disease to take lightly. That’s why it makes good sense for everyone, not just women diabetics, to eliminate white bread, white rice and processed cereals as much as possible from their diets. Instead, substitute 100% whole wheat breads, brown rice, whole grain cereals and rolled oats for oatmeal, as well as other nutritious whole grain high fiber foods.

Eating more high fiber fresh fruits and vegetables is another great way to increase fiber foods.

Besides increasing your high fiber foods, it’s also recommended that everyone with diabetes limit their intake of sweets and other refined high glycemic carbohydrates, plus high fat foods Eat more lean meats and low-fat dairy products – milk, yogurt and cheese.

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