The extra virgin olive oil could prevent and cure diabetes
A group of researchers at the university La Sapienza in Rome published an interesting study in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes. The research results were also presented these days in the presence of the Chancellor Eugenio Gaudio. Francesco Violi is the coordinator of this study.
The study has shown that olive oil reduces blood sugar and increases insulin levels in healthy people opening up interesting perspectives on its use in patients with diabetes, in which the postprandial blood glucose can be very high and potentially damaging to the cardiovascular system.
In all the studies published until now it had never been identified the mechanism by which the olive oil interfere with glucose metabolism. On the contrary, in this research, glucose and lipid profile of 25 randomized healthy subjects was analyzed, by experimenting with a "cross-over" methodology, the administration of a dose of 10 grams of olive oil in a meal with typical Mediterranean food. The researchers tested the effects of this administration in a lunch in which there was this extra virgin olive oil (first study) and in a lunch in which there was the seed oil (second study). Before the meal and 2 hours after, the carbohydrate profile of the subjects (glucose, insulin, and incretins) and lipid profile (cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglicerididemia) were studied.
The research results have shown that two hours after the meal, the subjects taking olive oil had significantly lower values of blood sugar and higher levels of insulin; besides it was recorded a significant increase of incretin hormones and a significant reduction in serum cholesterol too.
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