Acidic diet and diabetes

  • By Dr. Neha Agrawal

We all know the impact of diet on lifestyle diseases like diabetes mellitus type II. Newer research studies show that a diet having high acid content creates a higher risk of developing diabetes in women.

A recent research conducted in France showed the risk of diabetes becomes significantly higher in women who are used to a dietary intake of acid rich foods.

Studies show that acid-rich diet gives way to a 70% higher risk in developing diabetes in women.

Animal foods increase the overall acid intake in the diet. Fruits and vegetables help the alkaline balance. But when the acid-rich food consumption is too high, the balance goes haywire. Regular healthy food consumption would usually take care of the pH levels in your body. The research suggests that animal sources of acidic diet are not balanced enough by vegetable intake also, many a times. This creates an increased susceptibility towards diabetes mellitus type II.

The lead researcher was Dr. Fagherazzi, from a French university. The key factor for the basis of the study was PRAL (Potential Renal Acid Load). The second factor studied was NEAP, which is short for net endogenous acid production.

The subjects, who demonstrated to have acid rich diet, also gave a strong family history of diabetes. Moreover, these women showed overall less physical activity and had a tendency to be overweight.

However, it was not clear whether the acid itself is causing increased risk or does it lead to processes that, in turn, create a risk for diabetes. Nevertheless, it would be advisable to watch your diet, have balanced meals, get enough exercise and be stress free.