Not so fast

My mother chastised me more than once to “chew your food slowly.” I always thought it had more to do with good manners than anything else. But now, there’s evidence that wolfing your food increases risk of type 2 diabetes.

The study was presented recently at annual meeting of the European Society of Endocrinology. And while its preliminary evidence, it makes good sense.

These researchers were looking for eating behaviors that could be easily changed to offset any genetic risk of type 2 diabetes.

They tracked the eating habits of 234 people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and 468 people who were diabetes-free. The researchers took all sorts of variables into account–exercise, body mass index, waistline, family history of diabetes, and more.

After all the factors were tallied, they found a two-fold risk of type 2 diabetes among those who ate faster, compared to the slower eaters.

This might be one of the easiest changes you can make to lower your diabetes risk.

Simply take your time. Savor each bite. You’ll help control your food intake, and your diabetes risk. And I bet you’ll find your meals much more enjoyable too.