Coconut Oil And Diabetes
Can You Eat Coconut Oil If You Have Diabetes? If you’re living with diabetes, you’ve likely been through the diet overhaul. Out with the rippled chips, white bread, and full-fat cheese. In with the whole-wheat toast, tofu, and celery sticks. Now you may want to replace the fats you use in your cooking. You may have heard coconut oil may be a good substitute, but you may not be sure how it would affect your diabetes. Is it better or worse? Here’s what you need to know about coconut oil and diabetes. Coconut oil, also known as copra oil, is derived from the meat of mature coconuts. The oil is rich in antioxidants and energy-boosting triglycerides, and low in cholesterol. Not only does the oil have a sweet, nutty flavor, but it also leaves behind little grease. It’s commonly used as a replacement for butter and olive or vegetable oils when baking or cooking. Coconut oil also has many cosmetic uses, such as: a natural skin moisturizer a leave-in condition for your hair an ingredient in homemade soap scrub and lotion recipes If you have diabetes, you know that maintaining a healthy weight is a key component of a diabetes meal plan. This is especially true of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes generally begins with your body’s resistance to insulin. Insulin resistance is linked to excess weight. A 2008 study found that people who consumed medium-chain fats like coconut oil as part of a weight loss plan lost more fat than participants who used olive oil. Coconut oil is high in medium-chain fats. This means coconut oil, a solid fat, is harder to convert to stored fat. This makes it easier for your body to burn it off. Although separate studies, such as this 2009 study in Lipids, have corroborated this, there isn’t enough research to definitively support this claim. Re Continue reading >>
Coconut Oil Treatment, Four Teaspoons A Day Can Reverse Alzheimer’s Disease
Coconut oil treatments have been shown to be a powerful remedy for Alzheimer’s — and dozens of other life-threatening diseases. With the use of the coconut oil treatments, we can fight Alzheimer’s so simply, with just 4 teaspoons of coconut oil a day. In 2008, neonatologist Dr. Mary Newport learned that her husband Steve was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Steve was only 58 at the time! But Dr. Newport had already been watching his slow decline for a few frightening years. After his diagnosis, she searched desperately to find Steve a clinical trial that might slow the disease’s progress. After scouring countless journals only to meet dead ends, Mary chanced on the work of Dr. Richard Veech and a handful of others who were studying medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) and ketone bodies for Alzheimer’s treatment. Dr. Veech, an NIH researcher, was one of the first to recognize… … the Power of Ketone Bodies! In the late ’90s and early 2000s, Dr. Veech discovered how ketones might counteract breakdowns in energy production in both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients. In 2001, he published his results in the journal of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, IUBMB Life. As it happens, coconut oil is one of the world’s best (and few) sources of MCTs. In fact, 65% of coconut oil is made up of MCTs. Coconut oil is also an amazing source of ketone bodies, because those are produced through metabolism of MCTs — and they may be a critical weapon against a host of crippling conditions such as . . . Parkinson’s disease ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) Huntington’s disease Drug resistant epilepsy Diabetes Mary found hope in Dr. Veech’s research and strengthened her resolve to find a clinical trial for Steve to enter — but her effo Continue reading >>
Type 3 Diabetes: The Alarming Link Between Alzheimer’s And Diet
If you haven’t heard of it, type 3 diabetes is what many specialists are now calling Alzheimer’s disease. The name covers the belief that Alzheimer’s results from insulin resistance of the brain. Alzheimer’s is a cruel, degenerative condition that devastates millions of lives around the world. And unfortunately, it’s only increasing in prevalence; as of 2016, 1 in 9 people over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s. Surprisingly, the number of individuals aged 65 and over with the condition is expected to triple by the year 2050 (1). Could abnormal blood glucose regulation play a role? This article takes a look at the metabolic theory of type 3 diabetes, and how we might be able to prevent (or potentially halt) the condition. What is Type 3 Diabetes? Type 3 diabetes—or Alzheimer’s disease—is a chronic condition in which brain neurons slowly degenerate and die (2, 3). As a result, we see progressive memory loss and rapid declines in cognitive ability (4). I’ve personally seen the terrible effects of Alzheimer’s. As a young boy, I remember seeing my great grandfather hospitalized with late-stage Alzheimer’s. And then from the start of my late teenage years, I saw my granddad—a strong, well-built man—slowly succumb to the disease. Sadly, the condition can hit anyone. Someone being physically fit or having an intelligent mind is not relevant; the disease doesn’t discriminate, and it takes no prisoners. A Cruel Condition Experiencing a slow deterioration, patients eventually lose the ability to interact with their environment, communicate, and even remember their family. Ultimately, Alzheimer’s disease is fatal, and patients usually die from a resulting complication such as pneumonia (5). Worse still, it’s not only the patient that suffers. Alzheim Continue reading >>
Coconut Oil For Alzheimer’s: Miracle Cure Or Misguided Myth?
NancyH, an AgingCare.com caregiver, wants to know: "Does coconut oil help people who have Alzheimer's disease?" It's a question that, as it turns out, is surprisingly difficult to answer. Could it help? "Absolutely it could," says Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., medical director for the Nutritional Magnesium Association. According to Dean, the potential health benefits of coconut oil have been celebrated since ancient times by different cultures around the world. It's been used as an anti-fungal treatment, a hair-strengthener and a skin softener. Coconut oil, classified as a medium-chain triglyceride, may even be beneficial for people suffering from other incurable diseases, such as Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis and ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Dean witnessed the potential curative power of coconut oil while working with individuals suffering from HIV and AIDS. "We started getting stories about people with HIV that took coconut oil and felt better. As the testimonials started growing, all of us began to realize that there must be something to it." But, to understand how coconut oil could help someone with Alzheimer's disease, one must first examine the connection that exists between blood sugar, the human brain and diabetes. The diabetes-dementia link Sugar (glucose) is a brain cell's preferred form of fuel. Brain scans of Alzheimer's sufferers indicate that, as the disease progresses, certain sections of the brain start to have trouble using sugar as energy—an issue not unlike the problem that diabetics have when their bodies can no longer produce the insulin necessary to ferry glucose into their cells. The outcomes of an increasing number of scientific studies have begun to highlight the connection between diabetes and Alzheimer's. The link has become so strong that some Continue reading >>
Alzheimer’s = Type 3 Diabetes
“My parents are getting older and I want to do everything I can to help them prevent Alzheimer’s, considering both my grandmothers had this disease, and I am worried about getting it too.” writes this week’s house call. “What can we do to prevent dementia?” The truth is, dementia is a very big problem that’s becoming bigger every day. Statistics are grim. 10 percent of 65-year-olds, 25 percent of 75-year-olds, and 50 percent of 85-year-olds will develop dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. And the fastest growing segment of our population is the 85-year-olds. Researchers predict Alzheimer’s will affect 106 million people by 2050. It’s now the seventh leading cause of death. Scientists now call Alzheimer’s disease “Type 3 diabetes.” What’s the link between Alzheimer’s and diabetes? Well, new research shows insulin resistance, or what I call diabesity (from eating too many carbs and sugar and not enough fat) is one of the major factors that starts the brain-damage cascade, which robs the memory of over half the people in their 80s, leading to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. But don’t think too much insulin affects only older folks’ memories. It doesn’t just suddenly occur once you’re older. Dementia actually begins when you’re younger and takes decades to develop and worsen. Here’s the bad news/good news. Eating sugar and refined carbs can cause pre-dementia and dementia. But cutting out the sugar and refined carbs and adding lots of fat can prevent, and even reverse, pre-dementia and early dementia. More recent studies show people with diabetes have a four-fold risk for developing Alzheimer’s. People with pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome have an increased risk for having pre-dementia or mild cognitive impairment (MCI). You Continue reading >>
Mct, Coconut Oil And Some Brain Diseases
© March 2014, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc. All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition. Coconut oil is an excellent source of medium chain triglycerides or MCT. Pure MCT oil, which is sold at some health food stores, is more concentrated than coconut oil. Coconut oil or MCT oil have received some wonderful praise lately because it is helping some people with brain diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, other dementias, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, multiple sclerosis or MS, Huntington’s disease, brittle diabetes, some seizures, possibly cystic fibrosis and perhaps others, as well. This article discusses how this works. HOWEVER, while coconut oil may be an effective remedy for some people, I do not recommend it for everyone.The reasons are: 1. It is very yin because it is the oil of a sub-tropical fruit. It is also slightly toxic for the liver. 2. A person who is on a nutritional balancing program should not need coconut oil or MCT oil for the brain, thyroid or blood sugar. HOW DOES MCT OIL OR COCONUT OIL HELP THE BRAIN OF SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT ON A NUTRITIONAL BALANCING PROGRAM 1. Medium chain triglycerides or MCTs. People with brain diseases may not utilize glucose well. This can cause their brain cells to starve to death. This is a type of diabetes of the brain, which may or may not correlate with diabetes in the rest of the body. It seems to be caused by low insulin levels in the brain. Insulin is produced in the brain itself, normally. Coconut oil can provide these people with an alternative “fuel” that can prevent cell death and restore brain functioning. It does this in an interesting way. Instead of burnin Continue reading >>
Coconut Oil Effective In Treating Diabetes
Indeed Virgin Coconut Oil has a substantial effect on blood sugar levels. My wife and daughter (both have type 2 diabetes) measure their blood sugar levels at least three times a day. When they eat the wrong foods and their blood sugar levels get to 80-100 points above normal, they don’t take extra medication, they take 2-3 tablespoons of the coconut oil directly from the bottle. Within a half hour their blood sugar levels will come back to normal. Ed, Coconut Diet Forums Diabetes Epidemic 25.8 million children and adults in the United States, 8.3% of the population, have diabetes.1 The current rate of people becoming diabetic in the United states is doubling every 10 years. This has resulted in a windfall for pharmaceutical companies capitalizing on this “disease” with drugs designed to treat type 2 diabetes, but not deal with the underlying cause. These drugs have serious side effects. One of the most popular diabetes drugs, Avandia, was pulled off the market in 2011 after a number of studies showed that the drug increased the risk of heart attacks among type 2 diabetes patients. The manufacturer of the drug reached a $3 billion settlement in December 2011 over its fraudulent marketing of the drug, the largest federal criminal drug-company settlement to date. Coconut Oil and Type 2 Diabetes Information that is finally making its way into the mainstream media is that type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle and diet issue that can be reversed without drugs. This information has been known for years, however, among those in the alternative health crowd. Consider these testimonials (some over 10 years ago) from individuals who did not follow typical doctor’s advice: I also wanted to pass along a bit of my experience in regard to diabetes. I have been taking Coconut Oil (CO Continue reading >>
Bulletproof Coffee And Diabetes: Is It Right For You?
Bulletproof coffee: you’ve probably heard of it. The Diabetes.co.uk forum users can’t stop talking about it. There are articles about bulletproof coffee all over the internet, every one of which seems to have a different opinion as to the benefits or otherwise of the stuff. Some swear by it, some would rather swear at it. Less common are guides to bulletproof coffee and diabetes. This is an attempt at a comprehensive one (but I can’t promise that it’s definitive. Opinions, inevitably, will differ). So: should people with diabetes drink bulletproof coffee? And, if so, is it healthy to have it for breakfast every day? Let’s take a look. What is bulletproof coffee? Coffee mixed with unsalted butter and coconut oil. The idea is you drink it instead of eating breakfast. It’s supposed to work for weight loss and type 2 diabetes. No carbs, and the saturated fat keeps you feeling full. People disagree about the specifics of making it. Some insist on unsalted butter, which contains more in terms of nutrition, but some get by fine without it. And while bulletproof coffee is usually made with coconut oil, some people prefer MCT oil. It’s all a bit subjective. MCT stands for “medium chain triglycerides,” which are fatty acids. These fatty acids are good for your health. There are four kinds: lauric acid, caprylic acid, caproic acid, and capric acid. Coconut oil contains all four of these fatty acids. MCT oil, unlike coconut oil, is manufactured, rather than being found in nature. The theory behind it is: medium chain triglycerides are good, so let’s make an oil that separates them from the rest of the oil. Supposedly, the more MCTs you have, the more health benefits. So the thinking goes that MCT oil is healthier than coconut oil. The problem with MCT oil is tha Continue reading >>
An Evidence-based Look At Coconut Oil And Dementia
Coconut oil and MCTs are effective for dementia and Alzheimer’s. And using coconut oil instead of vegetable oils protects your brain from degenerative disease. What you’ll learn about coconut oil and dementia in this article: Why your brain needs healthy dietary fats How the fats in coconut oil uniquely feed the brain The Alzheimer’s case that put the coconut oil treatment on the map The science behind the use of coconut oil for dementia Coconut oil dosages for dementia In the past few years coconut oil has experienced a reversal of fortune. It’s gone from being considered an unhealthy fat to being the latest superfood. In countries of Asia and the South Pacific where coconut is called the “tree of life,” it never went out of fashion. Populations that traditionally use coconut oil are exceptionally healthy with low incidences of modern diseases like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. (1, 2) Now the rest of the world is finally coming back around! One potential use for coconut oil that’s still under debate is as a treatment for dementia and Alzheimer’s. There is convincing anecdotal evidence that coconut oil can halt and even reverse the progression of degenerative brain diseases. But does this hold up to scientific scrutiny? And if not, should you include coconut oil in your diet anyway? Here’s everything you need to know about how coconut oil uniquely feeds the brain and how effective it is for preventing and treating dementia and Alzheimer’s. And how important it is for you in maintaining a healthy brain. Your Brain Needs Healthy Dietary Fats First, let’s get this out of the way. Low-fat diets have been a disaster for our brains. Some experts believe low-fat eating may be responsible for the recent increase in brain disorders such as anxiety, d Continue reading >>
Sugar And Your Brain: Is Alzheimer’s Disease Actually Type 3 Diabetes?
It starves your brain, tangles and twists vital cells, and for decades it has been misrepresented as an untreatable, genetically determined disease. Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in North America1. The truth, however, is that this devastating illness shares a strong link with another sickness that wreaks havoc on millions of individuals in North America — Diabetes. We all know that individuals affected by Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes have a notable resistance to insulin. Type 1 is caused by the body's inability to produce insulin, and Type 2 is caused by the deterioration of the body's insulin receptors and associated with the consumption of too much refined carbohydrate like processed grains and sugar. But when studies began to appear in 2005 that revealed a shocking correlation between insulin and brain cell deterioration, major breaks were made around Alzheimer's prevention[i]. Health practitioners became curious about a critical question — could Alzheimer's disease simply be Type 3 Diabetes? Alzheimer's disease has long been perceived as mysterious and inevitable. 5.3 million individuals suffer every year from the disease that appears to be untreatable[ii]. But, if this illness is associated with insulin resistance, this simply isn't the case. We already know that diabetics are at least twice as likely to experience dementia[iii]. The cells of your brain can become insulin-resistant just like other cells in the body. What was once considered a mysterious accumulation of beta amyloid plaques characteristic in the Alzheimer brain is now associated with the same lack of insulin that negatively affects cognition[iv]. Where there is knowledge about underlying causes there is the opportunity for prevention. Research that surfaced around problems Continue reading >>
Alzheimer’s: Diabetes Of The Brain. Coconut Oil & Ketones
This interesting video report discusses fighting Alzheimer’s disease, described as diabetes of the brain, with coconut oil. Its apparent effectiveness is related to its ability to provide the brain with an alternate fuel source to replace glucose – that fuel source is ketones. Researchers say the ketones found in coconut oil have slowed the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in some people and may actually prevent it. The doctor in this video describes Alzheimer’s as a type of diabetes of the brain. We believe one of the many advantages of the diabetic-alkaline lifestyle is its ability to produce ketones (ketosis, not ketoacidosis, which is dangerous). With ketones providing an alternative fuel source to glucose, the need for carbohydrates, which break down into glucose can be minimized. Ketones can help reduce the glycemic impact on the body, which has been shown to have many positive effects on the body. Coconut oil, a medium chain saturated fat is quite unique in its properties. More research is showing that it is beneficial to health, such as increasing good cholesterol and even having antibiotic properties that protect against viral attacks. Watch this short video report for a brief, helpful understanding of ketones and how they can work in the body. Continue reading >>
The Coconut Craze: Coconut Oil
Last week I wrote about coconut water. I’m curious — how many of you drink coconut water, or have at least tried it? As I mentioned in my posting, I’m not a big fan of it. But unless you’re guzzling down glass after glass of this tropical beverage, there are really no major harmful ramifications. But what about coconut oil? Controversial Coconut Oil Many nutrition topics are murky, and the issue of whether coconut oil is a “good” fat or a “bad” fat is a prime example. A lot of people swear by coconut oil for various reasons. Those who enjoy baking like coconut oil because it makes a mean flaky pie crust and lends a unique, rich flavor to pastries and other goodies. Others use coconut oil for everyday cooking, claiming that it adds great flavor to vegetables, oatmeal, and even popcorn. Coconut oil is used extensively in Thai and Indian dishes, which, of course, is partly why these dishes are so tasty. And then, there are those who swear by coconut oil for its supposed numerous health benefits, such as promoting weight loss, improving blood glucose control, and helping to treat heart disease. Can a tropical oil really live up to all these claims? A Bit of Background The use of coconut oil for cooking is nothing new in tropical regions. In the early 1900’s, this oil was actually used in the US as a cooking oil, but it gradually fell out of favor in the 1960’s when scientists began to examine coconut oil’s possible role in heart disease. The link between coconut oil and heart disease stems from the fact that coconut oil is primarily a saturated fat (92% of the fatty acids in this oil are saturated). And, for the most part, saturated fat, or the “bad” fat, is linked with promoting heart disease. But the tricky thing about saturated fats is that not Continue reading >>
Man Eats 2 Tbs Of Coconut Oil Twice A Day For 60 Days And This Happens To His Brain!
Dr. Mary Newport has a theory that ketone bodies, which the body makes when digesting coconut oil ( click here for International products ) may be an alternative fuel for the brain. She believes that coconut oil may offer profound benefits in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. If her theory is accurate, it could be one of the greatest natural health discoveries in years. The Backstory Dr. Newport has her own personal history with Alzheimer’s. Her husband, Steve, suffered from progressive dementia for at least five years in his mid-50s, then had an MRI that supported a clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. She recounts her story in a case study. “Many days, often for several days in a row, he was in a fog; couldn’t find a spoon or remember how to get water out of the refrigerator… One day I would ask if a certain call came that I was expecting and he would say ‘No.’ Two days later he would remember the message from so-and-so from a couple of days earlier and what they said.” Dr. Newport noted that her husband had no short-term memory, yet the information was still filed somewhere in his brain. She had a gut feeling that his diet had something to do with it. He began taking medication in hopes that it would help slow the process, but he became depressed, lost weight, forgot how to cook, use a calculator or even perform simple addition. Steve forgot how to perform many common tasks, but would spend all day working in the yard or in his garage and remained in good physical condition. Finding Hope A few studies about the potential use of medium chain triglycerides or ketone bodies to not only treat but prevent Alzheimer’s disease caught Dr. Newport’s eye. Medium chain triglycerides are also regarded as a potential treatment for Parkinson’s di Continue reading >>
Learn How Coconut Oil Can Benefit Insulin Resistance And Diabetes
(NewsTarget) The link between diabetes and sugar is so strong that it may sound strange to hear a healthy fat like coconut oil can have a profound effect on the disease. This amazing oil may in fact be the most vital key in managing the way sugar impacts your body. For diabetics and others with health problems related to high blood sugar, adding coconut oil to their diet may just be the single most important step toward finally controlling their blood sugar levels. Doctors typically recommend that diabetics follow a diet low in fat, low in refined sugar and high in other carbohydrates. This is supposed to help manage the condition, but even whole carbohydrates can adversely affect blood sugar levels when little protein and fat is present when they are eaten. It's important to eat balanced meals that contain all food types, and it's especially important to choose high quality fats like coconut oil. Why is coconut oil so beneficial for conditions like diabetes and insulin resistance? The healthy fat in coconut oil plays an essential role in regulating blood sugar: it slows the digestive process to ensure a steady, even stream of energy from your food by lowering the overall glycemic index of your meal. When you include coconut oil in a meal with carbohydrates, the carbs are broken down into glucose more slowly, so blood sugar levels remain steady even after you eat. Coconut oil consists of medium-chain fatty acids, unlike modern vegetable oils like soybean, corn, and safflower oils which are made of long-chain fatty acids. Medium-chain fatty acids are more suited for energy use rather than fat storage - and the opposite is true of long-chain fatty acids. Oils that consist mainly of long-chain fatty acids may actually decrease cell's ability to absorb blood sugar, which co Continue reading >>
Coconuts, Coconut Milk, Coconut Oil And Diabetes
Coconut oil has been called a “superfood” with positive effects on heart and brain health, weight loss (especially abdominal fat) and a whole host and anti-inflammatory effects. But is coconut oil really a superfood? Or is it just the newest fad out there on the internet? Coconuts Coconuts have traditionally been the main staple food in many Asian and Pacific populations. In those same populations, coconut has also long been used as a medicine to treat infections, respiratory conditions, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, kidney stones, and other disorders. Coconut meat (the whitish flakes) is high in fiber, protein, minerals such as manganese, selenium and iron and contains Vitamin C and B vitamins along with plant sterols. Coconut meat is also high in calories from fats—the fats are primarily the saturated fats along with high amounts of omega-6 fatty acids. Coconut flour is the finely ground coconut meat. Coconut milk (pressed from coconut meat) is similar to coconut meat as far as its nutritional profile—it is high in fiber, protein, richer than coconut meat in minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium and contains Vitamins C, E and B vitamins. Coconut milk is also high in plant sterols and calories from fats. These fats are also in the saturated form with high levels of omega-6 fatty acids. Coconut water is diluted coconut milk and is much lower in calories. Finally, coconut oil is very high in calories from saturated fats and omega-6 fatty acids with essentially no vitamins, minerals, protein or fiber—in other words, pure fat. The fats in coconut oil are in the form of medium-chain triacylglycerols, or MCT. Fats and Health For many years, fats in food were considered the main cause for fats on the body. Continue reading >>