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Health expert reveals: Why indulging in a high-fat foods may be the best thing you can do for your blood sugar

by , 26 February 2013

Usually, people with type II diabetes are advised to stick to a low-fat diet to help regulate their blood sugar. But now a study at Linköping University shows that food with a lot of fat and few carbohydrates could have a better effect on stabilising your blood sugar levels than low-fat diets. Read on to discover why high-fat foods could help you manage your diabetes better if you indulge in them at the right time of day…

“Forget oat bran and grapefruit halves. Bacon and eggs be a healthier breakfast choice for you if you suffer from diabetes!”

That’s what natural health expert Dr Jonathan Wright had to say in Nutrition and Healing, after the results of the study revealed that foods with a lot of fat and few carbohydrates could have a better effect on blood sugar levels for people with Type 2 diabetes.

The two-year dietary study, which followed 61 patients with type 2 diabetes, split participants into two randomised groups: One group went on low-fat diet while the other group used a low-carbohydrate , high-fat diet.
 
While in both groups, the participants lost approximately 4kg on an average. The group who indulged in low carbohydrate, high-fat foods, showed “a clear improvement in glycaemic (blood sugar) control,” explains an article on Yahoo Lifestyle.

In fact, according to a Health24 report, “their average blood sugar level dropped from 58.5 to 53.7 mmol/mol (the unit for average blood glucose). This means that the intensity of the treatment for diabetes could also be reduced, and the amounts of insulin were lowered by 30%.”

What is a high-fat food diet?

A high-fat diet, also known as a Mediterranean diet has been dubbed the healthiest diet in the world by leading health practitioners.

It contains foods high rich in fatty fish, fruits, vegetables and fatty acids.

But before you start indulging in high-fat foods at every turn, be warned: “The timing of the fat consumption may make a difference, too!” says Dr Wright.

To keep your blood sugar levels and your diabetes in check, stick to a high-fat foods for breakfast and avoid them later in the day.

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