Ginger Vieira was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 13, celiac disease a year later, and fibromyalgia in 2014. Ginger provides great insights into life with multiple chronic illnesses, including how to make the most of your life despite your health setbacks.
If you've been led to believe that eating dietary fat will make you fat, you're not alone. This unfortunate misconception was concluded falsely through many poorly conducted studies in the 1970s, and mainstream media has never let it go since.
The true science behind dietary fat is actually very simple according to Dr. Mark Hyman, and he is working hard to spread that truth:
"Researchers have found," explains Dr. Hyman in the Huffington Post, "that while it’s true that lowering saturated fat in the diet may lower total cholesterol, it’s actually lowering the good kind of cholesterol, the light, fluffy, buoyant HDL that's not a problem. When people eat less fat, they tend to eat more starch or sugar instead, and this actually increases their levels of dangerous cholesterol, the small, dense cholesterol that causes heart attacks."
Fat and insulin
For people with diabetes, this is great news because dietary fat does not raise blood sugar. It should be clarified that eating a high-carb and high-fat food at the same time may increase insulin needs because the dietary fat slows down the digestion of the carbohydrates. But the dietary fat on its own does not raise blood sugar nor require insulin in order to be digested, and insulin is the body's most powerful storage hormone.
This means that the fewer grams of carbohydrates you eat, and the more dietary fat you consume, the more likely you are to lose weight, not gain, because a diet consisting of more protein (which requires some insulin for digestion) and more fat, and veggies, may be ideal for people with diabetes. Not only will it help you maintain healthier blood sugar levels and lose weight, it will also help increase your sensitivity to insulin, eventually meaning that you may need less insulin or fewer oral diabetes medications to help maintain healthy blood sugars.