Low-Gluten Diet Linked To Increased Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

gluten-free food and type 2 diabetes

A long-term study suggests that this type of diet can increase our risk of type 2 diabetes.

People are trying to find the best diet for them. Some are trying the Mediterranean diet, while others try a low-gluten one. The problem with severe diets is that our bodies lack some nutrients. If we avoid certain products or substances, we might do more harm than good.

Researchers are trying to figure out if a low-gluten diet can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A new study focuses on finding out if the lack of gluten can affect our health. This long-term study suggests that this type of diet can increase our risk of type 2 diabetes.

This study started in 1984 and it estimated how much gluten people eat. More than 200,000 participants responded to food questionnaires every 2 to 4 years. The findings of more than 30 years of study were presented today.

The researchers that conducted this study observed those who eat a lot of gluten were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Those who did not consume gluten had an increased risk of developing this condition over the 30 years of study.

The team of researchers mentioned that they wanted to see the effects of a low-gluten diet on healthy people. They mentioned that gluten-free foods have less fiber. This means that people that don’t suffer from celiac disease should not limit their gluten intake. The only ones that should eat gluten-free products are people that are diagnosed with celiac disease.

Other researchers that were not involved in the study mentioned that they believe the lack of fiber is the problem, not the gluten intake. People that have celiac disease should not be afraid because they don’t have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The problem is that they do have a higher chance of developing type 1 diabetes.

In the study, it was shown that people who eat less gluten also tend to eat less cereal fiber. This could be the reason for which they are more likely to have diabetes. The researchers mentioned that the only ones that should eat gluten-free products are those who are sensitive to it or those who have celiac disease. Healthy people should not start a low-gluten diet because it does more harm than good.

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