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Switching to Whole Grains May Help Improve Insulin/Blood Sugar Management
Insulin is a hormone that helps your body manage your blood sugar, by keeping it from getting too high or too low. In this study, 13 adults with “pre-diabetes” were given a diet with either whole grains or reﬁned grains for 8 weeks, then given a glucose test to assess how well their blood sugar was being managed. They then had a washout period of their normal diet for 8-10 weeks, before switching to the other diet for 8 weeks and taking the glucose test again, thus serving as their own controls. The whole grain diet improved the function of beta cells (the cells that secrete insulin) compared with the reﬁned grain diet, and this eﬀect was found to be independent of gut hormones (such as grehlin, the “hunger hormone”).
Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. 2019 Apr;63(7):e1800967. doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201800967. (Malin SK et al.)