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Glycemic Index Updated

I attended a lecture at my old college last week where Professor Jennie Brand-Miller gave a systematic review of the evidence supporting the use of low GI diets to improve health.  15 years ago the GI scheme was seens as a rather novel concept but the situation has now  changed and a growing amount of clinical evidence suggests that low GI diets can improve glycaemic control in people with diabetes ( NIDDM and IDDM ), insulin sensitivity, PCOS and even acne. 

Post-prandial glycaemia ( the amount of glucose remaining in the blood following a meal ) is now classed as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, with high levels of glucose being associated with an increased risk of atheroscleroma, heart disease and stroke.  

In conclusion, there is much evidence supporting the use of low GI diets in a therapeutic role  for certain medical conditions and  food labelling should ideally include a GI rating, rather than just the current carbohydrate and sugar contents.  

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Posted: July 2008

Source:  Lecture at Oxford Brookes University on 26th June 2008 by Professor Brand-Miller from the University of Sydney


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