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Did you know that the way you chew could have an impact on your risk of developing type 2 diabetes? A study explains why.

Type 2 diabetes affects 90% of diabetes patients, and lifestyle (including diet) is closely linked to it. It is “a lasting excess of the concentration of glucose in the blood (hyperglycemia). In the case of type 2 diabetes, this phenomenon is caused by a disturbance of carbohydrate metabolism”, recalls Inserm. And in fact, our diet has an impact on our blood sugar, but also our way of eating, and more specifically of chewing our foodas revealed by a study published in the journal Plos One.

Researchers have been interested in the link between mastication and glycaemia, working with 94 patients who suffered from type 2 diabetes. no problem of teeth, those who had a shifted dentition making chewing less easy, those to whom they lacked teeth and had difficulty chewing.

The less you chew, the higher the blood sugar

They realized, through post-meal blood tests, that the less you chewed, the more you had high blood sugar after eating. The group that had the easiest time eating properly had a rate around 7.48g/litre of blood, against 9.42g/litre of blood for those who had dental problems.

The scientists concluded that our chewing abilities play on our blood sugar, therefore, but could also have a role in type 2 diabetes, insofar as the latter results from this parameter. The opportunity to remember the importance of chewing your food well and taking your time during meals.

Sources: Plos One, Current Woman, Inserm

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