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Fiber-Depleted Starch Foods and NIDDM Diabetes

  • Hugh Trowell


The hypothesis that fiber-depleted starch foods are the main factor producing NIDDM diabetes (henceforth called diabetes) started in my mind in 1929 soon after I joined the Kenya Medical Service. It continued on and off in my mind until it culminated in two articles published in 1987, some 59 years later.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hugh Trowell
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  1. 1.Makerere UniversityUganda

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