Remember as a kid, your mom always nagged you to eat slowly? Well, maybe if you are still doing that, then you should have listened to her! According to a recently published study, it seems that mommy knew best all along. A team of endocrinologists at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences suggest that there is a strong link between eating fast and the subsequent elevated risk of Type 2 diabetes.

As a part of the study, 234 people who had been recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and 468 others, who matched the people with diabetes in terms of gender and age, were assembled. The entire group of volunteers had to follow a pre-meal protocol that included, no smoking and no heavy exercise prior to the meal. After the main course, diabetic volunteers were asked to rate the speed at which they ate compared to the other group of volunteers.

Taking into consideration their before and after BMI, waist measurements and glucose and triglyceride levels, the researchers found that the majority of the people who were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes were in fact, the fast-eaters. Upon looking into other factors such as the individual’s family history with diabetes, daily exercise routines, and smoking habits, the speedy eating caused as much as two-fold increase in their risk of getting diabetes.

 

Eating fast causes the body to reach the state of feeling full at a slower pace, making you eat more to satiate your hunger

But how can eating fast be as (or even more) injurious as smoking? The researchers explained that, “If food is eaten rapidly, there may not be enough time for the secretion of hormones responsible for signaling the body that its full. Thus, a sense of fullness is delayed, resulting in greater intake of food and eventually greater caloric consumption.”

As because of this factor, there is a resultant obesity which often leads to increased gains in adipose tissue around the waist. This is particularly risky because, the presence of this tissue in the abdominal region is noted to give rise to a number of abnormalities, including decreased insulin sensitivity and increased insulin demands. It is the presence of this tissue, keeping in mind all the other factors, is what cause the increase in the risk for Type 2 diabetes.

So next time you sit at the dinner table, remember to eat slowly and chew your food. Not only will your body thank you for it, but you will also stave off the calories from your waistline.

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