Navigation Links
A Centre for Glycemic Index Testing Opened in Chennai

The Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF), in collaboration with the U.K.-based Oxford Brookes University, has opened a new Glycemic Index Testing Centre in Chennai .

For the people of the city that subsist on rice and its products, this is a significant development. For now scientific testing methodology is generating enough substantiation about the Glycemic Index (the metabolic speed at which food is converted into blood glucose) to prompt a serious analysis of the Indian diet.

The new centre will analyze some of the most common foods for their GI value. The direct purpose will be to collect a GI database for common foods, the way they are cooked across Indian households, provide GI evaluation training for clinical nutritionists. This will help people make informed choices about the food they eat.

This centre will contribute critical inputs to the national nutrition policy, similar to what is now happening only in Australia.

V. Mohan, MDRF president says that the effort is not to malign rice or any other traditional food choice but it will help to identify the right diet scientifically. This knowledge can be useful in charting a holistic treatment plan, especially for diabetes patients.

The role of GI in influencing the diabetic status of patients is well known. Now, we have a method to make a more accurate correlation, said Jeya Henry, Head of Food Science and Nutrition, Oxford Brookes University. Dr. Henry said there was a clear need to gather empirical data on the GI value of Indian foods, both because of their being a totally unknown entity, and of the changes, such as milling technology, that had robbed food grains of their essence.

He pointed out that in the typical Indian diet, carbohydrates formed the bulk of calories and the fiber came from unrefined carbohydrates from whole cereals. But the milling technology, along with the need for longer shelf-life, led to the populariz ing of highly refined carbohydrates such as polished cereals and finely ground flour that evoked much higher glucose responses.

An Oxford Brookes study found that those who consumed low GI bread had better diabetic control (their fasting blood sugar was low the following day too).

The compilation of data will be difficult as across the country people have multiplicity of cuisine and different ways of cooking, Sudha Vasudevan, research nutritionist, MDRF, said this giving an example of an Idli where the proportion of urad dal and rice is not the same in each house hold.

M. Rema, MDRF vice-president, said a GI database for Indian foods could be useful in probing linkages between a high GI and diabetic complications, especially diabetic retinopathy.

The basic-level testing facilities set up at the MDRF would to begin with screen 10 general foods of South India for their GI value.

According to the international testing protocol, foods have a low GI if the value is less than 55, and high GI if the value is above 70.

According to Helen Lightowler, a nutrition expert at Oxford Brookes, it would take a couple of weeks to test a single food sample.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Paracetamol May Cause Live Damage Warns Consumer Education and Research Centre
2. Upcoming Hemogenomics Centre in Bangalore
3. International Osteoporosis Research Centre To Be Started In India.
4. New Bioinformatics Centre to open in Andhra
5. High Court Issues Notice To Centre On Smoking Ban In Films
6. Poultry Deaths, Farmers Rush To Vet Centres in Tamil Nadu
7. AIDS Assessment Centres To Be Increased In The Country
8. Diagnostic Centre Inaugurated for Air Pollution at SRMC
9. Radiation Overdose at the Beatson Oncology Centre
10. Medical Centre Opened In Tsunami-Hit Village
11. Centre Concerned over Spurt in Polio Cases
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... The American Board of ... its next President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Dr. James C. Puffer upon his ... July 1, 2018 until Dr. Puffer’s retirement at the end of 2018. Upon assuming ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (PRWEB) , ... ... ... University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SOP) alumni Hannah Randall, PharmD ‘17, and ... educated healthcare professionals on guideline updates for the primary prevention of cardiovascular ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... with Alzheimer’s or dementia. However, many long-term care insurance companies have a waiver for ... mean is the 90-day elimination period, when the family pays for care, is often ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Global Healthcare Management’s 4th ... Park in Milford, NJ. This free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s CEO, ... The fun run is geared towards children of all ages; it is a non-competitive, ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... Coveros, a leader in agile coaching ... contract by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Enterprise Agile ... of Agile methodologies in a consistent and high value manner across CMS programs. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/2/2017)... Mich. , Oct. 2, 2017 Diplomat ... 8th Day Software and Consulting, LLC , and ... 8th Day Software, based in Tennessee ... LLC. 8th Day expands EnvoyHealth,s service offerings for health ... development. "In an ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... Oct. 2, 2017 The Rebound mobile app is ... to reverse the tide of prescription drug addiction. The app ... medicine intake and stepping down their dosage in a safe, ... in December 2017; the first 100,000 people to sign up ... http://www.rebound-solution.com/ ...
(Date:9/27/2017)... Israel and NEW YORK , Sept. 27, ... with mobile health and big data solutions, today announced that its MyDario ... Please check your local TV listings for when The Dr. Oz Show ... ... season this month. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: