Although implicated in other disease states, trans fats are not associated with insulin resistance and diabetes

Consumption of trans fatty acids has been linked to increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. A number of government agencies put a ban on consumption of trans fatty acids after a recommendation from the American Heart Association. A recent meta-analysis of randomized, placebo-controlled trials published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) evaluated the association between consumption of trans fats and its effects on blood glucose levels, diabetes, and insulin resistance.  Researchers concluded that increased trans fatty acid intake is not associated with changes in insulin sensitivity and glucose levels.  What dietary counseling do you provide to patients with insulin resistance or diabetes?

To find out more, please read the full article in the AJCN.

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