Blame ‘ancestral diets’ for diabetes, heart disease, says Indian scientist

In a new research, an Indian scientist has claimed that middle class people from developing countries are more prone to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease and obesity due to the nutrition endured by their ancestors.

The findings could explain projections that more than 70 per cent of the global burden of type 2 diabetes would fall on individuals from developing countries by 2030.

Associate Professor Anandwardhan Hardikar at the DYP Medical College in Pune, India, led a 12 year study at the University of Sydney and along with colleagues overseas.

He said that human studies had demonstrated that low circulating B12 and high folate levels were associated with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

Hopefully further research in understanding the gut microbes, which are major producers of Vitamin B12 in the body, and/or dietary supplementation with Vitamin B12 and other micronutrients, could reduce the risk of metabolic diseases in the coming generations, added Hardikar.