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Should Diabetes Patients Eat Saturated Fat? What Experts Say, What We Know

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A health expert has answered the popular quiz about diabetes patients eating saturated fats.

Professor Andrew Uloko from the faculty of clinical science, Bayero University gave a medical perspective to this.

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He said consuming fatty foods makes diabetes uncontrollable and deadlier.

Uloko said that it is important to avoid saturated fats as well as cutting out on refined sugar.

In a chat with PUNCH HealthWise, he warned people, especially diabetes patients to avoid saturated fat.

His words, “Fatty Food substances, particularly saturated fat, are also not very good for people with diabetes because they can cause problems.

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“Problems with the inflow of blood to the arteries, problems for the kidney and even the heart in the form of stroke or clogging of blood within the arteries.

“They can also make diabetes control difficult. That is if one has diabetes and is taking a lot of fatty food.”

He emphasized people living with diabetes to be careful of food with high content of saturated fat.

Uloko also warned against the high consumption of wheat. He said that wheat has a high impact on gluten which could lead to a lot of complications. He further advised that it should be consumed in moderation.

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He said, “The issue about Wheat is that it is a cereal, a complex carbohydrate and has high fibre content and wheat has a kind of protein that is more than what is found in other cereals.

“That particular protein in wheat is called gluten. So, some people react to the gluten content in wheat. Some people are a little bit more sensitive to gluten though this is not very common in our population, as it is found mostly in whites.”

Uloko spoke about the hypersensitivity of gluten in wheat. He emphasized the possibility of health complications when it isn’t eaten in moderation.

He continued, “In the western world, gluten hypersensitivity is more pronounced and for that category of persons. if they eat high quantities of wheat, they are likely to have complications or their health will deteriorate.

“Eating wheat in moderation is considered to be healthy because it has fibre and because it is a complex carbohydrate but in individuals, in those select few who have identified they have hypersensitivity to gluten, maybe they should not take wheat.

“We do not discourage people from eating wheat and our population does not have problems with wheat as compared with the western world where gluten hypersensitivity is the problem.”

Source: PUNCH HealthWise

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