Butter intake may double your risk of diabetes

Butter intake may double your risk of diabetesUpdated on : 17-02-2017 04:01 PM
Daily intake of just 12 grams of butter, which is rich in saturated fatty acids and trans fats, may double your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study has warned.


Researchers, including Marta Guasch-Ferre from Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health in the US, evaluated the associations between total and subtypes of fat intake and the risk of type 2 diabetes. In addition, they evaluated the relationship between food sources rich in saturated fatty acids and the incidence of type 2 diabetes.

The findings showed that those participants who consumed higher amounts of saturated fatty acids and animal fat had a two-fold higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those participants with a lower intake of saturated and animal fat.

The consumption of 12 grams per day of butter was associated with a two-fold higher risk of diabetes after 4.5 years of follow-up, whereas the intake of whole-fat yogurt was associated with a lower risk.

The study analysed data from 3,349 participants in the PREDIMED Study who were free of diabetes at baseline but at high cardiovascular risk.

After 4.5 years of follow-up, 266 participants developed diabetes. The findings emphasise the healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet for preventing chronic diseases, particularly type 2 diabetes, and the importance of substituting saturated and animal fats (especially red and processed meat) for those found in vegetable sources such as olive oil and nuts, researchers said.

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