Low-Saturated-Fat Diet Improves Insulin Function
Eating a low-saturated-fat, high-fiber diet helps with insulin sensitivity, according to a study published in the latest edition of Diabetes Care. The study examined data from 518 healthy individuals between the ages of 15 and 20 enrolled in the Special Turku Coronary Risk Factor Intervention Project (STRIP) study. Participants were enrolled in the STRIP study during infancy and continually educated about dietary changes for heart health. Researchers encouraged a shift away from saturated fats and toward more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, while assessing insulin resistance and monitoring overall health. Those who had higher fiber and lower saturated fat intakes showed better insulin sensitivity. This study illustrates that healthful eating practices introduced early in life have lasting effects and may prevent chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Oranta O, Pahkala K , Ruottinen S, et al. Infancy-onset dietary counseling of low-saturated-fat diet improves insulin sensitivity in healthy adolescents 15-20 years of age: the Special Turku Coronary Risk Factor Intervention Project (STRIP) study. Diabetes Care. 2013;36:2952-2959.
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