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Korean Journal of Family Medicine 2009;30(10):790-795.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4082/kjfm.2009.30.10.790    Published online October 20, 2009.
Effect of Barley on Variation of Blood Glucose and Lipid Metabolism.
Yeun Seok Yoo, Kyung Shik Lee, Kyung Hwan Cho, Do Hoon Kim, Chang Hae Park, Seung Hwan Lee, Jong Hyun Lee
1Department of Family Medicine, Korea University Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
2Department of Family Medicine, Gachon University Gil Medical Center, Incheon, Korea. pinealgland@naver.com
보리가 혈당 변화와 지질 대사에 미치는 단기영향
유연석, 이경식, 조경환, 김도훈, 박창해, 이승환, 이종현
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Abstract
Background
It is regarded that contemporary Korean diet, the combination of carbohydrates-based Korean traditional diet and the Western eating patterns, increases the vulnerability to chronic diseases such as coronary vascular disease, diabetes mellitus, and hypertension. Therefore, there is a rising interest in carbohydrate sources with low glycemic index; many researches have proven the medical benefi ts of low glycemic index diet. Barley has recently drawn attention and various benefi ts of barley, such as improvements of obesity and bowel function, have been suggested. It seems that the beta-glucan, a content of barley helps to lower blood sugar level. This study aimed to evaluate the advantages of barley consumption compared to wheat consumption in blood sugar and blood lipid profi le levels. Methods: Twenty-four healthy Korea University students were randomly assigned to two groups: 12 of barley bread consumption group (treatment group) and 12 of wheat bread consumption group (control group). Both groups took bread on an empty stomach and the changes of their blood sugar and lipid levels were measured, compared, and analyzed every hour for four hours. Results: The blood sugar level one hour later in the barley bread consumption group was statistically low. In addition, the area under curve of the barley bread intake group was found to be statistically smaller. However, the blood lipid profi les between the two groups did not show meaningful difference. Conclusion: This study suggests that the consumption of food containing barley could bring various medical benefi ts to one's health by lowering blood sugar.
Key Words: Glycemic Index; Barley; Carbohydrate; Obesity; Coronary Vascular Disease; Diabetes Mellitus


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