There has been a trend towards increased dining out in many countries. Consuming food prepared out of the home has been linked to poor diet quality, weight gain, and diabetes risk, but Eating Home made meals Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes although the process remains unknown.
In a recent study published in Plos website;
- The study analyzed data for 58,051 US women followed from 1986 to 2012 and 41,676 US men followed from 1986 to 2010, who reported the frequencies of having midday or evening MPAH per week at baseline and during follow-up.
Having MPAH more often was associated with a lower T2D risk in both men and women: those eating 11–14 MPAH per week had a 14% (95% confidence interval: 9%–19%) lower risk of developing T2D than those eating 0–6 MPAH per week.
- Men and women eating 11–14 MPAH per week had less weight gain compared to those eating 0–6 MPAH per week.
- The association between MPAH frequency and T2D risk could be partially ascribed to less body weight gain related to consumption of MPAH.
- The associations with obesity and T2D were stronger for evening MPAH than for midday MPAH.
The study found out that frequent consumption of MPAH is associated with a lower risk of developing Type2 diabetes (T2D), and this association is partly attributable to less weight gain linked with this dining behavior.
The Reason for this study is as follows:
- Dining out has increasingly played an important role in daily diet in the Nigeria and many other countries.
- Higher consumption of meals prepared out of home (MPOH), especially fast food, has been linked to lower dietary quality, excess weight gain, and an elevated risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D).
- Whether consuming meals prepared at home (MPAH) is associated with T2D risk remains unclear.
What Does These Findings Mean?
- These findings suggest that people who eat MPAH more frequently have a lower long-term risk of developing T2D, and that this association is partially explained by less weight gain over time.
- Taken together with evidence from previous studies that focused on MPOH, these findings suggest that eating more MPAH instead of MPOH (especially fast foods) may help curb the risk of developing obesity and diabetes.
- From a public health perspective, actions are needed to encourage cooking meals at home and to improve diet quality of MPOH to facilitate diabetes prevention.
With Nigerians faced with growing economic and food challenges, it is obvious that we need to curtail our spending on Fast Food and buka joints.. We need to start thinking growing our own food, like small veggies, fruits and other essential daily needs and reduce the risk of Diabetes.
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