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Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Diabetes

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is one of the most common health problems in developed countries, ranking sixth for cause of death.

Diabetes is a major metabolic disease and can be very serious because it can also dramatically damage overall health, it can cause kidney failure, cardiovascular diseases, blindness, peripheral circulation disorders among many others.

Two types of diabetes exist: type-I, also known as insulin-dependent diabetes , and type-II, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes. Type-I is commonly found in children and teenagers, while type-II typically appears in adulthood, ages 40 and older. The first type requires insulin to control, while the second type, which is more common, typically is associated with obesity and doesn’t use insulin as a treatment.

Diabetes is classified in a person who has more than 126 mg/dl on a fasting blood sugar level or more than 200 mg/dl on a non-fasting blood sugar level, after two hours of an oral overdose of glucose.

Some people are glucose intolerant, which means that they have high blood sugar but no signs of a disease. However, they are at a high risk of developing diabetes at some point later in their lives.

Extra Virgin olive oil & diabetes

A diet filled with extra virgin olive oil is a very good alternative to traditional treatments for diabetes. Not only that, but it also helps prevent the disease or delay its beginning.

The way in which extra virgin olive oil prevents diabetes is by preventing insulin resistance, and its harmful consequences by raising HDL cholesterol “good cholesterol”, dropping triglycerides and ensuring not only a better blood sugar control but lowering the blood pressure as well.

It has been confirmed that a diet rich in extra virgin olive oil, low in saturated fats, mild in carbohydrates, soluble fiber from fruit, vegetables and grains is the most effective diet to combat diabetes. Such diet, also lowers “bad cholesterol”, improving blood sugar control and increasing insulin sensitivity.

These benefits have been confirmed in both child and adult diabetes.

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