Studies have proved that diets, that have contained extra virgin olive oil, have better effects on blood sugar, than plain low fat diets.
When extra virgin olive oil is used to boost a low saturated fat, high in carbohydrate diabetic diet, the diet is much more beneficial on blood sugar control. The olive oil keeps the triglyceride levels low. The diabetic patients usually have high triglyceride levels.
High triglyceride levels cause heart diseases. When extra virgin olive oil is added to a healthy diabetic diet, helps for several reasons.
What you eat effects the fat deposits on your body. Belly fat is associated with the resistance of insulin, which is leading to more weight gain and increases the risk of diabetes of type 2.
Research proves that type 2 diabetic patients, when they were fed a high in saturated fats or olive oil diet (Mediterranean diet), or a diet high in carbohydrates, the high in carbohydrates diet increased the belly fat. Out of the three diets, the best was the olive oil diet, preventing belly fat deposits and insulin resistance and drop in adiponectin.
Adiponectin is a hormone that is produced by fat cells called adipocytes, and controls sugar and fat metabolism, improves insulin sensitivity and has anti-inflammatory effects on the cells in the blood vessel walls. Low blood levels of adiponectin are very common in obesity and increase heart attacks.
The Mediterranean diet, rich in monounsaturated fats from olive oil, will lower your blood sugar, improve your sensitivity to insulin and prevent fat from accumulating around your belly.