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Eating Healthy Fats Lowers Diabetes Risk

New research shows that the regular consumption of healthy fats lowers the possibility for a person developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes mellitus type 2 is a long term metabolic disorder that is characterized by high blood sugar, insulin resistance, and relative lack of insulin. If untreated it can lead to organ damage.

A new study suggests eating higher levels of vegetable oils or nuts, for those with the condition “pre-diabetes” (that is building up towards developing diabetes) can prevent full-blown diabetes from occurring.

This is thought to work due to the presence of relatively high levels of polyunsaturated fat in nuts and vegetable oils. Speaking with Live Science, lead researcher Dr. Nicola Guess, a diabetes researcher at King’s College London said:

“The findings suggest that increasing dietary intake of polyunsaturated fats may have a beneficial effect for patients with a certain type of prediabetes.”

The findings are based on empirical evidence, tracking diets and taking blood samples in a range of people in the U.K. Here blood sugar levels were correlated for those who eat foods rich in polyunsaturated fats compared to those who eat diets rich in saturated fats.

The research is published in the journal PLOS One, in a paper titled “Dietary Fatty Acids Differentially Associate with Fasting Versus 2-Hour Glucose Homeostasis: Implications for The Management of Subtypes of Prediabetes.”

About the author

Tim Sandle

Dr. Tim Sandle is a chartered biologist and holds a first class honours degree in Applied Biology; a Masters degree in education; and has a doctorate from Keele University.