G6PD Deficiency and Diabetes Risk
The evidence suggesting there is a link between G6PD Deficiency and diabetes risk continues to increase. An interesting caveat is that in one study it was shown that A1C levels were not elevated in people with G6PDD when they had diabetes. This is exactly what hindered the diagnosis of diabetes in me. The A1C test used to diagnose diabetes did not work.
Another comment in one of the following research studies is that people with G6PDD, “with the persistent ingestion of refined carbohydrates, are at greater risk of developing hypertension or diabetes mellitus than those racial groups without the defect.” This is the reason I recommend eating refined carbohydrates in moderation.
It was suggested that “These results showed a significantly increased association between prevalence of diabetes in the 45–65-year-old age-group among patients with G6PD deficiency when compared with the general population. This association may in fact be an underestimate in view of the fact that many individuals with G6PD deficiency in the general population have not undergone G6PD testing in our HMO or will have undergone testing before 2003 and therefore will have been misclassified.”
My mantra has been, and continues to be, avoid everything on the avoid lists religiously and follow the diet suggestions at:
even when you do not see a problem when you consume them. It is vital that you stay as healthy as possible and provide your body with the nutrients it needs to overcome hemolysis. We are all free to choose what we do, but we are not free to choose the consequences of those choices.
If you would like to read more about the link between G6PD Deficiency and diabetes risk, see the following articles:
All the best,