New research, published in the British Medical Journal, has found high-consumption of white rice to be associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The increase in risk was especially noted in Asian populations.

The study wasn't clear on just why white rice may impact diabetes risk, but as Time.com notes, it may have to do with its high score on the glycemic index (GI), meaning it could cause spikes in blood sugar.

According to the study, decreasing levels of physical activity and an increase in food consumption in general may make Asian populations more susceptible to the effects of eating a lot of white rice.

Do you think diet or physical inactivity in general is primarily to blame for the rise in type 2 diabetes?

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