-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- To avoid developing type 2
diabetes, you may have been told to watch your calories and kick up
your activity level. Now researchers say there's something else you
might consider: your so-called dietary acid load.
A diet heavy in animal products and other acidic foods can cause
an acid load in the body, resulting in health complications. This
includes reduced insulin sensitivity, which can lead to type 2
diabetes, according to the new study.
"We have demonstrated for the first time in a large prospective study that dietary acid load was positively associated with type 2 diabetes risk, independently of other known risk factors for diabetes," the researchers said. "Our results need to be validated in other populations, and may lead to promotion of diets with a low acid load for the prevention of diabetes."
The term animal products refers to meat, eggs and dairy. Greater
consumption of fruits and vegetables is believed to lead to a lower
acid load, the researchers said.
The study included more than 66,000 women in Europe who were
followed for more than 14 years. During that time, nearly 1,400 of
the women were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Those with diets highest in acidic foods were 56 percent more
likely to develop diabetes than those with diets lowest in acidic
foods, according to the study, which was published recently in the
This link between a highly acidic diet and increased risk of
diabetes remained even after the researchers adjusted for dietary
patterns, meat consumption and intake of fruit, vegetables, coffee
and sweetened beverages. The study did not, however, prove that a
highly acidic diet actually causes diabetes.
"A diet rich in animal protein may favor net acid intake, while most fruits and vegetables form alkaline precursors that neutralize the acidity," wrote Dr. Guy Fagherazzi and Dr. Francoise Clavel-Chapelon, of the Center for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health at INSERM, in Paris. "Contrary to what is generally believed, most fruits -- such as peaches, apples, pears, bananas and even lemons and oranges -- actually reduce dietary acid load once the body has processed them."
INSERM is the French equivalent of the U.S. National Institutes
The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
outlines ways to
prevent type 2 diabetes.
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