Linking Saturated Fats to Diabetes

Your body uses Insulin to process carbohydrates into energy. The sugar in carbohydrates is broken down through this process. Insulin is produced by the secretion of beta cells by your pancreas. There is a catch. The number of beta cells is finite, and you peak at age twenty. Preserving the ability to produce insulin is therefore obviously useful.

In an interesting study conducted, your pancreatic cells that produce the beta cells were exposed to saturated fats in a laboratory condition. The saturated fats attacked the beta cells and killed them off. The fat cells interfere with the functioning of the beta cells which leads to their death. Inside your body, the same process is repeated when your blood fat levels increase due to consumption of food rich in saturated fats. This spike in fat interferes with the cells in your pancreas reducing your ability to produce insulin. If you are eating a diet rich in fast sugar or processed food, this is already affecting the sensitivity of your body to insulin. Combined, this is creating a deadly cycle of intolerance to food rich in saturated fat and fast carbohydrates.

As a child, I grew up eating French Fries on a lifestyle basis. French Fries are fast carbs made with potato, rich in calories because of the oils they are cooked in as a result of which they have a massive amount of fat, a large part of which is saturated fats. Often the fries have been made in hydrogenated fats such as corn, canola or soybean. As a result, they have significantly high levels of omega-6 fatty acids which are extremely harmful to you.

It is not unusual for us to be eating foods like this and also getting our children addicted to them. Go to any child’s party; French Fries are a must. I am sorry to say; you just killed a few more beta cells in your kids.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.