Wednesday, September 28, 2011

High Protein diet raises risk of Type 2 Diabetes

According to the abstract, presented at Lisbon, Portugal, at European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) 47th Annual Meeting, Swedish researchers found a 37% increased risk for type 2 diabetes associated with high protein intake (hazard ratio [HR], 1.37; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.17 to 1.61; P for trend < .001]. High intake of processed meat was also associated with an elevated risk for diabetes (HR, 1.17; 95% CI, 1.00 to 1.36; P for trend = .005). Even after controlling for the intake of processed meat, the positive association between protein intake and diabetes remained statistically significant.

High-protein diets have been shown to be effective for short-term weight loss and glycemic control. However, the results of this trial suggest caution when considering this approach for weight loss or better control of diabetes which might be counterproductive in the long run.

The researchers suggested that replacing protein with carbohydrates, especially breads and cereals rich in fiber, might be preferable.

Reference: Medscape medical news, accessed on Sep. 13, 2011

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