The Only Oil For Diabetics
November 3, 2006 9:45pm CST
In this article, we learn about the coconut oil health benefit todiabetics. One of the many plagues of modern society is diabetes. Theincidence has risen from almost nothing a century ago to a level ofmajor concern today. It is now one of the biggest killers in thewestern world. Diabetes not only can cause death but can lead to kidneydisease, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, cataracts, nervedamage, hearing loss, and blindness. It is estimated that 45 percent ofthe population is at risk of developing diabetes.Diabetes is all about sugar - the sugar in our bodies known as bloodsugar or blood glucose. Every cell in our bodies must have a constantsource of glucose in order to fuel metabolism. Our cells use glucose topower processes such as growth and repair. When we eat a meal thedigestive system converts much of our food into glucose which isreleased into the bloodstream. The hormone insulin, which is secretedby the pancreas gland, moves glucose from the blood and funnels it intothe cells so it can be used as fuel. If the cells are unable to getadequate amounts of glucose they can literally starve to death. As theydo, tissues and organs begin to degenerate. This is what happens indiabetes.A diet high in refined polyunsaturated vegetable oils promotesdiabetes. A diet low in such oils helps to alleviate symptoms. Becausefats also promote weight gain, it's best to avoid them as much aspossible.However, research shows that there is one fat that diabetics can eatwithout fear. That fat is coconut oil. Not only does it not contributeto diabetes, but it helps regulate blood sugar, thus lessening theeffects of the disease. The Nauru people consumed large amounts ofcoconut oil for generations without ever encountering diabetes, butwhen they abandoned it for other foods and oils the results weredisastrous. Therefore, one coconut oil health benefit is that itprevents diabetes.If you are a diabetic or borderline diabetic, consumption of most fatsshould be avoided. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is different.Because it helps stabilise blood glucose levels and aids in sheddingexcess body weight, it is probably the only oil a diabetic should eat.