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Trans Fat Linked To Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Posted Sep 28 2012 8:16pm

From Food Consumer…..

A new study in the journal of Obesity suggests that eating trans fat or trans fatty acids may increase risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus even if the calorie intake is not excessive. Both saturated fat and trans fat has early been proved in laboratory studies to be implicated in the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Dietary intake of trans fat or trans fatty acids have been known to increase risk of heart disease. According to Harvard scientists, more than 100,000 deaths from heart disease annually in the United States have something to do with dietary trans fat.

The current study, an animal trial of 42 male African green monkeys led by Kylie Kavanagh of Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC and colleagues, found moneys having had dietary intake of trans fat in a dose of about 8% of energy for six years gained significant amounts of weight with increased intra-abdominal fat deposition and impaired glucose metabolism.

Weight gain and insulin resistance or insensitivity can lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus, both are associated with increased risk of heart disease, the number killer in the United States.

Some previous studies have shown that trnas fatty acids may cause obesity and insulin resistance. The researchers wanted to examine the effect of moderately high intake of dietary monounsaturated trans fatty acids on body weight and glucose metabolism.

For the study, monkeys were fed a diet with total calories that were to provide maintenance energy requirements without excessive energy to promote weight gain or obesity or type 2 diabetes mellitus.

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