Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • 12 Tips for Traveling With Diabetes
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter
Latest
Popular
Top Rated
Diabetes Archives
Print | Email | Share | Comments (0)

Coconut Oil Could Reduce The Symptoms Of Type 2 Diabetes


Jul 1, 2010

The saturated fats in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties that help combat the bacteria, fungi, and parasites that may cause indigestion.

A diet including coconut oil, a medium chain fatty acid (MCFA), helps combat insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is the inability of cells to respond to insulin and take in glucose for energy. The pancreas tries to compensate for insulin resistance by producing even more insulin, but eventually glucose accumulates in the bloodstream. Over time, insulin resistance and obesity can lead to pre-diabetes or full-blown type 2 diabetes

Dr Nigel Turner and colleagues at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Darlinghurst, Australia, compared fat metabolism and insulin resistance in mice and rats fed diets rich in coconut oil (a medium chain fatty acid) or lard (a long chain fatty acid). (The lard-based diet was similar to the diet eaten by people in the Western world.) The findings were published in the journal Diabetes.

MCFAs, like in coconut oil, were found to reduce fat accumulation while maintaining insulin action in muscle and fat tissue. "Dietary supplementation with MCFAs may therefore be beneficial for preventing obesity and peripheral insulin resistance", said Dr. Turner in the study conclusions.

The saturated fats present in coconut oil also have antimicrobial properties that help combat various bacteria, fungi, and parasites that cause indigestion. Coconut oil also helps in absorption of other nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

The MCFAs in coconut oil are more like carbohydrates than other fats.  They are more water soluble and are broken down more quickly.  They enter the bloodstream faster and are taken directly to the liver, where they are used as an immediate source of energy. Medium chain fatty acids, unlike long chain fatty acids, are small enough to enter the cells' energy powerhouses, the mitochondria, directly, where they can be converted to energy. Be warned, however, that medium chain fatty acids can also lead to fat build-up in the liver.

Fat storage is balanced by how much fat is taken in by cells and how much is burned for energy. When people eat a high fat diet, their bodies attempt to compensate by increasing their capacity to oxidize fat. The medium chain fatty acid (coconut oil) diet was more effective at increasing the oxidative capacity of muscle than the long chain fatty acids, leading to less fat storage in muscle and better insulin action.

Keeping in mind the potential for excess fat accumulation in the liver, substituting oils containing medium chain fatty acids for other oils in the diet may be beneficial. But make sure to include other fats as well.  The fatty acids in fish oil, for example, are thought to improve fat oxidation in the liver.

* * *

Sources:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/163249.php

http://diabetes.diabetesjournals.org/content/58/11/2547.full?sid=091dd77e-0632-4f1c-bcbd-f0b1c42544ba

http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html


Categories: Blood Sugar, Diabetes, Diabetes, Endocrinology, Food, Heart Care & Heart Disease, Insulin, Insulin Resistance, Nutrition Advice, Pre-Diabetes, Type 2 Issues



You May Also Be Interested In...


Comments


Add your comments about this article below. You can add comments as a registered user or anonymously. If you choose to post anonymously your comments will be sent to our moderator for approval before they appear on this page. If you choose to post as a registered user your comments will appear instantly.

When voicing your views via the comment feature, please respect the Diabetes Health community by refraining from comments that could be considered offensive to other people. Diabetes Health reserves the right to remove comments when necessary to maintain the cordial voice of the diabetes community.

For your privacy and protection, we ask that you do not include personal details such as address or telephone number in any comments posted.

Don't have your Diabetes Health Username? Register now and add your comments to all our content.

Have Your Say...


Username: Password:
Comment:
©1991-2014 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.