With the festivities of the holiday season almost behind us, you know as well as I do that indulging in all those sweet treats can expand your waistline a few inches… and hitting your system with those sugar bombs can send your risk of diabetes skyrocketing.
Fortunately, there’s a simple and delicious way to help curb your diabetes risk.
I’m talking about olive oil.
This Mediterranean staple is nutrient and antioxidant rich, filling, and has already been shown to slash your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and lower your blood sugar levels if you already suffer with this disease.
And now, according to a new study, researchers discovered that a compound found in olives and olive oil called oleoropein naturally kick starts your pancreas to produce more insulin after you’ve eaten a meal.
Insulin is the hormone in your body that keeps your blood sugar in check. And when you’ve got diabetes, it’s something your body doesn’t produce enough of on its own.
Apart from insulin, your pancreas also releases amylin into your bloodstream after a meal. Amylin is a compound that sends signals to your brain that you’re full and tells your liver not to release any more stored sugar into the mix.
When you suffer with type 2 diabetes, amylin can get damaged and this leads to “misfolded” proteins that can actually cause cells in your pancreas to die.
And dead pancreatic cells make it harder for it to produce more insulin and amylin down the line.
This latest study has also shown that the oleoropein in olives and olive oil can stop this damage by “detoxifying” amylin and cutting off those misfolded proteins.
So, if there is one thing you need to do in 2018, then it is to add more olive oil to your diet. You won’t just be controlling your blood sugar and keeping diabetes at bay, but you’ll also help lower your blood pressure, increase your HDL “good” cholesterol, and lower your risk of heart disease.
And with that in mind, I wish you a wonderful New Year in which you will enjoy good health and happiness.
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Health Benefits of Olives and Olive Oil, sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170912161025.htm
Olive Component Oleuropein Promotes ?-Cell Insulin Secretion and Protects ?-Cells from Amylin Amyloid-Induced Cytotoxicity, pubs.acs.org/doi/ipdf/10.1021/acs.biochem.7b00199