Consuming millets may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and regulate blood glucose

In a new study, published in Frontiers in Nutrition, researchers from the University of Reading implicated research from 11 countries, demonstrating how consuming millets could lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and even regulate blood glucose levels in diabetic patients.

“This systematic review and meta-analyzes across the different types of millets and different forms of processing/cooking collated all evidences,” the study reads.

“Of the 65 studies that were collected globally, 39 studies with 111 observations were used to analyze GI outcomes and 56 studies were used to analyze fasting, post-prandial glucose level, insulin index and HbA1c outcomes in a meta-analysis.”

What the study uncovered: “Minimally processed millets were 30% more effective in lowering GI of a meal compared to milled rice and refined wheat.”

“In conclusion, millets can be beneficial in managing and reducing the risk of developing diabetes and could therefore be used to design appropriate meals for diabetic and pre-diabetic subjects as well as for non-diabetic people for a preventive approach.”

The study was published online on July 28th, 2021.

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