Dietary Oils Benefit Diabetes Patients

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COLUMBUS, Ohio—Two dietary oil supplements—safflower oil and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)—can lower body fat in obese postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from the Ohio State University.

In the study, 16 weeks of supplementation with safflower oil reduced fat in the trunk area by two to four pounds, lowered blood sugar and increased muscle tissue in the women participants. CLA supplementation for the same length of time, on the other hand, reduced total body fat by 3.2 percent and lowered the women’s body mass index (BMI), a common health measure of weight relative to height.

“Making this subtle change in the intake of high-quality dietary fats in an effort to alter body composition is both achievable and affordable to postmenopausal women in the United States who are managing the difficult combination of obesity and diabetes,” said Martha Belury, professor of human nutrition at Ohio State University and senior author of the study.

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