Eating food in order can help with obesity and diabetes

New York: A recent study found that eating vegetables and protein after carbohydrates can help in lowering glucose and insulin levels in people with obesity and type 2 diabetes.


The new research showed that taking food in order may be more effective way for type2 diabetes and patient with obesity, suggesting an eat-this-then-that than an eat-this-instead-of-that approach to diet control for the patients with one or both the problems.

A professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Louis Aronne, said in a press release, “Carbohydrates raise blood sugar, but it’s hard for someone to comply, if you guide them not to eat carbs — or to drastically cut consumption,” adding that, “This study makes it easier for patients to lower their blood sugar and insulin levels.”

The study conducted at Weill Cornell Medical College, consisted of 11 people eating a meal of chicken breast, ciabatta bread, lettuce and steamed broccoli with butter,  tomato salad with low-fat dressing and orange juice twice, on different days, a week apart.

The first week, the 11 volunteers were first given to eat carbohydrates, ciabatta bread and orange juice, and then 15 minutes later they ate everything else for protein, vegetables and fat. On the second week, the participants were first given vegetables, protein and fat, followed by carbohydrates after 15 minutes.  The glucose levels for all the participants were taken after 30, 60 and 120 minutes of each meal.

Researchers found that glucose levels proved to be lower by 29percent, 37percent and 17 percent at the 30-, 60- and 120-minute check respectively, for the diet in which protein and vegetables were eaten after carbohydrates.

Dr. Aronne further said this study helped us to guide our patients towards their meal easily, as we would not have to say ‘don’t eat that’ to their patients, but instead say, ‘eat this before that’.

“While we need to do some follow-up work, this study shows that patients with type 2 diabetes migh lower their blood sugar  throughout the day by making a simple change in their diet, decrease how much insulin they need to take, and potentially have a long-lasting, positive impact on their health.” He added.




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