Health Tip – Jan. 29 – Surprise Diabetes Threat
Dee Dee – Health Tip
The more “acidic” foods you consume – particularly animal protein – the more you may increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to results of a new study from France. For 14 years, researchers in Paris followed more than 66,000 women who were participating in a long-running study of cancer and nutrition, and observed them for new cases of diabetes. More than 1,300 women in the study developed the disease within the 14 years.
The researchers reported that women in the top 25 percent for “potential renal acid load” – the potential impact of protein from meat and dairy products on kidney and urine acid levels – had a 56 percent increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those in the bottom 25 percent. Surprisingly, women of normal weight in the top 25 percent had a 96 percent increased risk compared to a 28 percent increased risk for overweight women in the top 25 percent. Results of another test, net endogenous acid production, showed a similar increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes with a higher acid load.
The researchers reported that the risk persisted after adjusting for other dietary patterns, meat consumption and the amount of fruit, vegetables, coffee and sweetened beverages the women ate. Fruits and vegetables are alkaline and can neutralize acidity. The French researchers concluded that excess acid can lead to serious metabolic complications, which then reduces the body’s ability to regulate insulin levels, leading to diabetes.