Olive Oil and Diabetes

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-11-27 17:28:03 -0600
Started 2012-11-25 11:23:34 -0600

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the type of fat you eat is more important than your total fat consumption. They recommend eating less saturated fats which are unhealthy. Saturated fats raise blood cholesterol levels. High blood cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease and people with diabetes are at high risk for heart disease.

ADA recommends replacing saturated fats by unsaturated fats. One of the ways to do this is to use olive oil instead of butter, margarine, or shortening when cooking. Keep in mind that all oils are high in calories and watch your consumption!

An added advantage is that olive oil is also linked to lower triglyceride levels and may help to offset a propensity for high triglyceride levels that many diabetics suffer from, which puts them at risk for heart disease.

There has also been published research reported by ADA in Diabetes Care that indicates olive oil may be beneficial to reducing belly fat and insulin sensitivity. In sum, when researchers fed Type 2 diabetic patients different diets - a high carbohydrate diet, or a diet rich in either saturated fat or olive oil (Mediterranean diet) - the high carb diet increased abdominal fat compared to the fat-rich diets.

Of the three diets, the diet rich in olive oil did best, preventing not only belly fat accumulation, but insulin resistance and a drop in adiponectin. Adiponectin, a hormone produced and secreted by fat cells (adipocytes), regulates sugar and fat metabolism, improves insulin sensitivity, and has anti-inflammatory effects on the cells lining the blood vessel walls.


11 replies

Nana_anna 2012-11-26 11:37:08 -0600 Report

I keep telling my husband to read up on the different fats. I tell him about some of them. He is not interested. I just tell him anyway! I love olive oil, and we use the spray non stick oil, which is healthy. We use Canola oil to. Watch out for saturated fats, trans fat is worse then saturated fats. Monosatuarted fast are good fats. Check out this link at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monounsaturated_fat - 54k

Caroltoo 2012-11-25 15:48:12 -0600 Report

Have noticed since starting to use olive oil about 2 years ago, I have lost some weight and some belly fat, but even more that those successes, I find the flavor is much better than anything I've used since I stopped using butter so I enjoy using the Mediterranean style of eating and don't think of it as a "diet". Its just a healthy eating plan that is so easy to enjoy.

As a footnote to this observation: I am now about a year into a gluten free diet and find that all of my D symptoms are gradually disappearing. Following Thanksgiving Dinner this year (gluten free, of course), my BG was 119.

I still have an occasional BG spike up to 150 or so, but, interestingly, they also follow my consumption of something that has gluten, not something sugary or high in starch. I'm still amazed at the difference and watching it with cautious optimism. I suspect the real trigger here is the gluten which causes intestinal inflammation which triggers the BG swing.