Pulse study editor’s choice for diabetes journal

A study on the benefits of pulses for controlling glycemic levels in people with and without diabetes has been selected as editor’s choice for a European journal on diabetes.
The study conducted by Dr. Cyril Kendall from the University of Toronto is in the August issue of Diabetologia, which features a cover picture of the Renaissance oil-on-canvas painting, “The Beaneater (Il Mangiafagioli)” by Annibale Carracci (1560–1609).
“Pooled analyses demonstrated that pulses, alone or in low-GI or high-fibre diets, improve markers of longer-term glycaemic control in humans, with the extent of the improvements subject to significant inter-study heterogeneity. There is a need for further large, well-designed trials,” says the abstract of the journal article.
The study is “meta-analysis” on the topic. A meta-analysis is a comprehensive review of other work using statistical analysis to make conclusions not possible from an individual study.
The study was funded by the Canadian pulse industry.
The health benefits of pulse consumption also received favourable coverage this week in a column by Leslie Beck, the Globe and Mail’s health columnist.

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