A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism addresses a subject that confounds many living with diabetes: The profound effect dietary fats have on blood sugar management.
Put most simply, dietary fat slows the metabolic process that happens in the gut. When fat slows down the digestion of carbohydrates there is a noticeable glycemic impact and blood sugars elevate.
According to the study's authors, "gastric emptying," or the process by which food leaves the stomach, is a major factor in determining your after meal (postprandial) blood sugars. But having fat in your small intestine holds up this gastric emptying, and might cause your blood sugar levels to react more to carbohydrates."
For example, pizza is the nemesis of most that live with diabetes. Between the combination of both high carbohydrate and fat content, this food is often relentless at causing high blood sugar issues for the diabetic person eating it.
Dietary teaching is typically quite focused on the impact carbs have on blood sugar. But, as this study shows, it's also incredibly important for our health not to lose sight of the role dietary fats have in the process of glycemic management.