TRANS FATS, NOT SATURATED FATS, INCREASE DIABETES RISK

FROM: www.Dr. Mercola.com

Researchers report that the type of fat found in

*cookies, crackers, some chips, French fries

*cakes, donuts

*and other processed foods

can raise a woman’s risk of diabetes, while polyunsaturated fat in certain types of fish and vegetable oils appears to lower the risk.

Substituting foods rich in trans fat with those that contain polyunsaturated fat could reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by about 40%.

Total fat and saturated and monounsaturated fatty acid intakes are not importantly associated with risk of type 2 diabetes in women but dietary trans fatty acids increase and dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids reduce the risk.

According to the report, Americans consume about 3% of total calories from trans fat, which is produced when liquid fat such as oil is processed in order to make it solid at room temperature.

Margarine, for example, is a major source of trans fatty acids.

Investigators reviewed medical and dietary data from more than 84,000 women who did not have diabetes, heart disease or cancer when the study began in 1980. Results show that intake of total fat, saturated fat and monounsaturated fat found in nuts, seeds and avocados did not influence diabetes risk.

But a 2% increase in calories from trans fatty acids raised the risk by 39% and a 5% increase in calories from polyunsaturated fat lowered the risk by 37%.

Patients with type 2 diabetes do not respond to insulin, the hormone that clears the blood of sugar after a meal and deposits it into cells throughout the body to use as energy.zinculin resistance, a condition in which the body begins to ignore the hormone’s commands, is often a precursor to type 2 diabetes.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition June 2001;73:1001-1002, 1019-1026

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DR. MERCOLA’S COMMENT:

Dr. Mary Enig is one of the leading scientists who has documented the enormous detriment that trans fat have on our health. SEE: TRANS FATTY ACIDS in this web site.

Believe me folks, you do not want to mess around with trans fats. They are one of the worst things that you could be eating, no matter how good they taste.

Diabetes is a major problem for the US. It is actually an epidemic. Last year there was a 70% increase in diabetes in 30 year olds in the US.