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Diabetes risk of two takeaways in a week (and women are more in danger)

December 12, 2011
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Pat Hagan

Last updated at 11:12 PM on 9th December 2011

Two takeaways a week are enough to increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease, research shows.

Young adults were more likely to have hidden health problems if they treated themselves to fast food on a twice-weekly basis, the study found.

Additionally, women appear to be more susceptible to the dangers.

They had more warning signs, such as high blood sugar levels and increased insulin than men.

Takeaway: This sort of unhealthy food increases the risk of diabetes

Takeaway: This sort of unhealthy food increases the risk of diabetes

The results suggest many young professionals who are too busy to cook may be setting themselves up for serious health problems. Diabetes affects an estimated 2.5million Britons.

Around 10 per cent of cases are due to type one, which is thought to be caused by a faulty immune system.

The remaining 90 per cent are type two, which is closely linked to unhealthy diet and lifestyle.

The condition occurs when the body loses its ability to make use of glucose, a type of sugar that is released when we eat.

As levels rise, circulation suffers and blood vessels can be damaged. Left untreated, type two diabetes can raise the risk of heart attacks, blindness and amputation.

Insulin injection: Diabetes can be controlled by modern medicine

Insulin injection: Diabetes can be controlled by modern medicine

Researchers from the University of Tasmania and two other Australian science institutions studied the diet and lifestyles of 1,896 men and women aged 26 to 36.

Almost 40 per cent of men and 20 per cent of women ate a takeaway twice a week or more.

The volunteers underwent a range of medical checks, including tests for glucose and insulin levels. High levels of both mean the body is heading for type two diabetes.

Researchers found women who had takeaways twice or more a week had significantly higher blood sugar levels than those who ate them once a week or less.

They also had higher insulin and scored much higher on a test for signs of becoming resistant to the hormone – a warning sign of diabetes. Although men in the study also showed damage, the effects were much less severe.

Researchers said it was hard to tell if it was the fast food or excess weight caused by poor diet and lack of exercise that caused the problems.

They added: ‘It is unclear whether the differences [between one takeaway a week and two] are clinically significant. But they may represent an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and type two diabetes.’

The survey was published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

In 2008, a Which? study found a single Indian takeaway contained 23.2 grammes of saturated fat – more than a woman’s entire daily allowance.

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I grew up in a family where we couldnt afford take aways so have never entered the world where its the norm to have them regularly. Anytime I have indulged in one its because its someone in my families birthday or there was some crisis (like someone being rushed to hospital) and we didnt have a chance to cook. This amounts to approx 1 take away a year! I’ve never really understood how people can afford to buy take aways even once a week, never mind 2 or 3 times! Each to their own though. That said, I keep reading articles in DM about all the things that will give me diabetes.. none of which I’ve ever had or done (take aways, bad diet, alcohol, smoking, lack of exercise etc), and yet I was diagnosed aged 32 with diabetes.

in America its called a takeout i believe.

@- dave, reading, Unfortunately many people have more money than sense. The following information from “OURLIFE takeaways-factsheet ” shows Nearly a third of under-threes eat at least one takeaway a week and 19% are fed takeaways or adult ready meals every day. Among babies aged nine to 12 months, 20% had a takeaway once a week. One in three Britons eat takeaways at least once a week. 7% of adults – more than three million individuals – eat takeaways at least twice a week. The middle classes are Britain’s biggest buyers of takeaways. The average middle-class Briton gets through 2.23 takeaway meals a month

who the hell has 2 takeaways a week!? Once every few months here!

In e response to: Off course you have to ask,how does the body know if it’s a takeaway or cooked at home ?
– Finlay, Tannoch Brae, 10/12/2011 22:54
I guess that depends on the home, if it’s the home of the frypan and cheap oil or lard, then you’d probably be better off joining the McDonald’s and KFC club. Well prepared, fresh produce, stir fried, steamed, grilled with fresh vegies and pasta, might just make a difference, don’t you think? Of course, you are right, in that a deep fried Snickers is just as healthy at home or in a greasy spoon, do you people really eat those?

Off course you have to ask,how does the body know if it’s a takeaway or cooked at home ?

I agree with the suggestions in the comments here to eat a low carb diet to reduce blood sugar levels. Another issue might be imbalance of omega 3/6 as a result of food producers changing from healthy natural fats to the processed seed oils they fry food in now. I would like to see this studied.

Dieven, diabetes and PCOS are both diseases of sugar/insulin imbalance. One does not cause the other, but both can be successfully reversed by adopting a low carb/high fat diet. As for Diabetes UK, their dietary advice is absolute rubbish – they advocate 12 portions of carbs a DAY, more than I eat in a week and guaranteed to send blood sugars sky high. Their advice is notoriously bad, but it is in their best interests to keep diabetics dependent, they are sponsored by drug companies – more patients means more money. I would look for a new source of advice. Try Mary Vernon, MD, or the doctors Eades – both easy to find online.

@ – Mick Porter However the DM did provide sufficient information to track down the research discussed “Takeaway food consumption and cardio-metabolic risk factors in young adults” Pubmed 22146886. Abstract gives more detail. The DM is wrong to reference “a Which? study found a single Indian takeaway contained 23.2 grammes of saturated fat ” as this research was concerned about higher fasting glucose/insulin levels. Saturated fat does not raise glucose/insulin. Higher mean glucose/insulin levels are mainly the result of refined carbohydrate, sugar fructose consumption. The appetite suppressant hormones that tell our brains we are full (cholecystokinin (CCK), glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), peptide YY (PYY) are activated by the passage of FAT through the digestive tract Pubmed 21736790 FAT therefore applies the brakes to appetite and limits overeating. Removing or reducing fat from diet effectively takes the brakes off overeating causes overconsumption so promoting lethargy.

Well Done DM, yet another medical report with no real data, other than the fact that people sometimes eat more than 1 takeaway a week. No figures as to the increased risks, equally for a change no claims of “10 times the danger” which we have come to expect from the DM. Please give your readers some real data to work with.

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Article source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2072319/Diabetes-risk-takeaways-week-women-danger.html?ITO=1490

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