Avoid Fats To Control Diabetes
The excessive use of fats has been linked to development of diabetes. A recent study at
the University of Colorado Health Science Center, USA found that intake of an extra 40g
of fat day increases the chances of developing diabetes by three times. Fat rich diet,
especially one saturated with animal fat, seems to damage the insulin's effectiveness.
Research at the University of Sydney in Australia measured the saturated fatty acids in
the muscles cells of older non-diabetic men and the women undergoing surgery and
found that higher the presence of saturated fatty acids in the cells, the greater the
insulin resistance. On the other hand, higher tissue levels of polyunsaturated fats,
particularly fish oil, indicated better insulin activity and lower resistance. Fish oil differs
from animal fats in that fish oil contains polyunsaturated fatty acids. One of the fatty
acids called omega-3 is especially good for the heart --it lowers cholesterol and protects
from atherosclerosis. In fact, the researchers also reported that intake of omega-3 fish
oil to the subjects effectively overcame their insulin resistance.
In another study, Jennifer Lovejoy, assistance professor at Louisiana State of University,
USA, studied and the eating habits and insulin activity among 45 non-diabetic men and
women. About half of them were obese and the remaining half of normal weight. In
both cases, higher fat consumption increased insulin resistance. This indicates, says Dr.
Lovejoy, those even normal individuals who decrease their insulin efficiency and boost
their vulnerability to diabetes.
Meat and Meat Foods
One of the most important nutrition guidelines to follow is to “eat less saturated fat.” A
quick and simple way to do that is to eliminate meat products. They are high both in
saturated fat and cholesterol content. People with diabetes have a greater risk of heart
disease earlier in life. The practically useless calories added by saturated fats contribute
to above normal body wei