09/09/2010 - News

Whole Grains are Good for Women with Diabetes

By: June Chen, MD


Eating whole grains has been linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and death among the general population, but the association of whole grains with mortality in people with diabetes has not been specifically examined. In the May 25, 2010 issue of the journal Circulation, investigators report that the consumption of whole grains and bran is associated with reduced cardiovascular and all-cause mortality among women with diabetes.

Scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health and their colleagues investigated the effect of consuming whole grains or their components (cereal fiber, bran, and germ) on the risk of death from cardiovascular and other causes in women with diabetes. They followed 7,822 women with type 2 diabetes who participated in the Nurses’ Health Study and assessed their intake of whole grains. During 26 years of follow-up, the researchers documented 852 deaths from any cause, including 295 deaths from cardiovascular disease. Women with the highest intake of whole grains had a 31 percent lower risk of death from any cuase. Of the components of whole grains, only bran alone was associated with reduced all-cause and cardiovascular disease-specific mortality.
Based on the findings of this study, women with type 2 diabetes may realize a significant benefit in their cardiovascular and mortality risk from eating whole grains.

Source: Circulation, 2010; 121: 2162-2168.

Created on: 05/31/2010
Reviewed on: 09/09/2010

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