Study Finds Link Between Gluten-Free Diet And Type 2 Diabetes Risk

contrary to popular belief, gluten is not actually the devil. Teri Virbickis/Shutterstock 

The study found that those who had a higher intake of gluten – up to 12 grams a day – were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Those who ate less gluten also had a lower cereal fiber intake. Fiber is known to protect against type 2 diabetes. When they had adjusted for the protective effect of fiber, they found those in the top 20 percent for consuming gluten had a 13 percent less chance of developing type 2 diabetes, compared to those who consumed 4 grams or less.

"People without celiac disease may reconsider limiting their gluten intake for chronic disease prevention, especially for diabetes," said Zong.

Despite there being no confirmed evidence that adopting a gluten-free diet has any health benefits, it appears that people would still rather follow the advice of “health bloggers” or “clean eating” gurus, as the gluten-free food trend is still on the rise.

However, if you think you may have an intolerance, then go to your doctor or a dietitian and get tested immediately.

Self-diagnosis of gluten sensitivity and the resulting removal of gluten from your diet can be potentially harmful to undiagnosed celiacs. The only way to test for the intolerance is through studying diet, which doctors can’t do if you’ve already removed gluten from it. Also, without proper diagnosis, undiagnosed celiacs are less likely to stick to the strict diet they need, risking their health, damage to their gut, and increasing their risk of some types of cancer.

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