Diabetes and Coconut Oil

Diabetes and Coconut oil.....In order to fuel metabolism, every cell of your body must have a constant source of glucose. Your cells need glucose as a form of fuel to grow and repair. The digestive system converts the carbohydrates that you eat into glucose to be used by the cells. It travels through the bloodstream and insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas, moves the glucose from the blood and funnels it into the cells to be used as fuel. In diabetes, the cells are unable to get adequate amounts of glucose and starve to death causing tissue and organ degeneration.

There are two kinds of diabetes: Type I and Type II. Type I usually begins in childhood and therefore is also known as insulin-dependent or juvenile diabetes. It results from the inability of the pancreas to make adequate amounts of insulin. Type II usually occurs in older adults and therefore is also known as non-insulin-dependent or adult-onset diabetes. The pancreas may secrete a normal amount of insulin, but the cells are unable to absorb it.

In the Pacific Islands, diabetes is unheard-of among those people who eat a traditional diet. This traditional diet consists mainly of bananas, yams, and coconuts. When these native people abandon their traditional diet and start to eat a Western diet, the incidence of diabetes rises.

How does coconut oil help with diabetes ? Coconut oil puts less of a demand on the enzyme production of the pancreas. This lessens the stress on the pancreas during mealtime when insulin production is heaviest. This allows the organs to function more efficiently.

Coconut oil is easily absorbed without the need of enzymes or insulin, so it helps supply energy to cells. It’s been shown to improve insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose. Coconut oil in the diet enhances insulin action. It also improves binding affinity compared to other oils.

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