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Professor Tai E Shyong, Centre Director of NUHS Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management added his views to an international study that tracked heart patients on a registry over five years, which found that patients who had both diabetes and chronic heart disease were almost 40% more likely to die than those without diabetes.
Dr Tai said there is a misconception that diabetes is only about high sugar intake, whereas people should watch weight gain, the key driver of diabetes. "There's a tendency to think that if you cut down on the amount of sugar we eat, diabetes will go away. It's not that simple. Diabetes may not relate to any single nutrient," said Dr Tai.
"Many of my patients tell me that they eat brown rice, but they still cannot lose weight. What they don't seem to realise is that brown rice is healthier than white rice, and blood sugar goes up less after it is consumed, but energy content in a bowl is about the same for both.
"So it is not surprising that simply substituting brown rice for white rice may not lead to weight loss."Media ArticlesNUHS in the NewsCoE CDPM News