Obesity is directly linked to diabetes. A higher body fat percentage increases the risks of getting diabetes. Very often, focusing on reducing one’s sugar intake can help stabilize blood sugar levels.
While that is important, we must not neglect the fact that the fats and oils we consume can also lead to obesity. One gram of fat contains 9 calories. So, anyone consuming a lot of fatty foods on a daily basis can figure the calories are going to add up and turn into excess fat in the body.
It’s easier to manage weight by being more discerning of the types of fats and oils that are being consumed. To do this, it’s important to understand the two different types of fats.
There are the monounsaturated fats and the polyunsaturated fats. These are the ‘good fats’ that everyone keeps talking about. These fats are what the body needs, and they will help to lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) levels.
The more detrimental type of fats are known as saturated fats and are the ones responsible for clogging arteries. There is debate in medical circles about this issue.
Some doctors believe that it’s not dietary cholesterol that clogs the arteries, but instead believe inflammation is the culprit. While that is true to a large extent, it’s best to error on the side of caution if managing diabetes.
Most saturated fats are derived form animal products such as eggs, meat, dairy, etc. The goal should be to minimize the consumption of these foods. Most fats should come from healthy sources such as extra virgin olive oil. Fish oil and cold-pressed coconut oil are all very healthy sources as well.
Consuming these healthy fats will help to reduce inflammation and restore the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids in the body.
The modern-day diet is so high in processed foods that we get too much omega-6 fatty acids in our system when what the body really needs is the beneficial omega-3 fats. Consuming a fish oil supplement daily can help combat this problem.
Vegetable oils are another culprit in the rise of obesity. The hydrogenated oils that are being sold in supermarkets are very detrimental to the body. The processes they go through to become all golden and ‘clean’ looking make them highly inflammatory to the body. The companies market them as healthy oils, but the opposite holds true. It would be ideal to stop using these oils or use them minimally in cooking.
Another point to note is that even if consistently consuming healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil, etc. keep a close eye on the amount of fats being consumed.
Even good fats can be detrimental when taken in excess. Studies have shown a direct correlation between the level of fat consumption and the risk for developing diabetes. So, consume fats in moderation.
Besides eating healthy fats, strive to exercise and bring bodyweight down to the ideal weight range. Being overweight increases the risk of diabetes. Even losing a few pounds will make a big difference.
It only takes a couple of months to get fit, lean, and much healthier. The healthier the body, the more manageable diabetes will be. Don’t run the risk of serious complications. Take charge and do what is necessary to live a healthy lifestyle.
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