Ordering your plate

14 November 2019

14 November 2019

Are you one of those people who prefer to eat meals saving your favourite food until the end? Well depending on your preference, science may have you covered.

Muriel Cozier

Today marks World Diabetes Day and research is pointing to evidence that not only changing what we eat, but the order in which we eat it can impact our risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

A study by researchers from Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences revealed that changing the order in which food is eaten could reduce post-meal blood sugar spikes. The study’s authors found that eating rice first, followed by the vegetable and meat, caused significantly higher blood sugar levels after eating, compared with when this sequence was reversed. The researchers believe that this could be a simple but effective way to lower blood sugar levels after eating, which could prevent the transition from pre-diabetes to diabetes.

Further research from Seoul National University, is indicating that those who enjoy their coffee may also be reaping health benefits. A study of more than 400 Korean men and women who drank at least one cup of black coffee a day found they were less likely to develop pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes than those who drank no coffee. The researchers noted that the association was strongest for those Koreans with a specific genetic variation know as rs2074356, which was recently found to be linked with habitual coffee consumption.

According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), data from the IDF Diabetes Atlas 9th edition 2019, which provides the latest figures, information and projections on diabetes worldwide, shows that 463 million adults are living with diabetes. Without sufficient action to ‘address the pandemic’, 578 million people will have diabetes by 2030, the IDF says.

The IDF added that type 2 diabetes can often be prevented, noting that ‘There is compelling evidence to suggest it can, in some circumstances, be reversed’.

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