A research team in Lithuania compared 234 newly diagnosed diabetes patients to 468 people without diabetes, matching the groups by gender and age. Each participant completed an in-depth questionnaire intended to collect information on potential diabetes risk factors.
After adjusting the data for other risk factors, including family history, education, body mass index, waist circumference, cigarette smoking and plasma triglyceride levels, the data showed an interesting correlation. Participants who rated their “eating speed” as “faster than others” (compared to “slower than others” or “the same speed as others”) showed a 2 ½ times greater risk for type 2 diabetes. Those participants were also higher on the body mass index (BMI) scale that their counterparts.