White Rice Consumption Increases Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Physicians in India should be aware of an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in individuals who consume large amounts of white rice. They should be prepared to counsel patients on healthy dietary alternatives.


"Recent studies from our group have shown that substituting white rice with brown rice or multigrain rice helps to reduce the glucose levels when we perform continuous glucose monitoring. Insulin levels also decreased."
V. Mohan, MD, FRCP, PhD, DSc, FNASc, FASc, FNA, Chennai, India, president and chief of diabetes research, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, Chennai, India, and chairman and chief diabetologist of Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialties Centre


Key Point: Indian physicians should counsel patients on the role that white rice consumption can play in the development of type 2 diabetes. A meta-analysis found that white rice is associated with a significantly increased risk of type 2 diabetes, especially in Japanese and Chinese populations. This finding is in keeping with earlier studies in urban Indian populations.

A recent meta-analysis appearing in the BMJ summarized 7 cohort analyses in Asian and Western populations. The Asian populations included in these studies were Japanese and Chinese. Among a total of more than 350,000 participants, over 13,000 incident cases of type 2 diabetes were identified. The investigators found a significant...

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2 Comments

  1. binu babu
    Posted Aug 2013 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    in good old days we use unrefined full bran rice, it was a good alternative to wheat in south India.

  2. VALLURI RAMARAO
    Posted Jan 2014 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    Good olden days people used to take unpolished rice and other cereals. They don’t have much public transport. They are physically active, one important aspect protecting them from lifestyle diseases. Many studies that come up to prove the point how white rice is contributing to diabetes incidence.

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