New on Diabetes

March 31, 2016

According to a new study from King's College in London, trading some of that meat and cheese in your diet for vegetable oils or nuts could actually help stop diabetes from developing! Prediabetes blood glucose levels are higher than normal but lower than type 2 diabetes. There are two types of prediabetes. In one type the liver produces too much glucose; in the other glucose is not taken up properly by the muscles. Weight loss is considered the most effective way to prevent diabetes --- in this study researchers were looking for a dietary intervention that could be included in patients' weight loss programs. The results? In patients whose glucose uptake into muscles was impaired, replacing saturated fats in the diet with polyunsaturated fats slowed the development of diabetes, while for patients whose livers produced too much glucose, reducing saturated fat was linked to slower development of diabetes but no effect was seen in replacing the saturated fats with polyunsaturated fat. The study used a small sample and more research is planned, but this could be a large step in our understanding of diabetes!

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