Scientists of the University of Jaen, members of the ‘Peptides and peptidases’ research group of the Faculty of Experimental Sciences, are working on the protective effects exerted by olive oil on an animal model of diabetes and on the role of the different components of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (SRAA). This is the first study of its kind that is carried out in Spain.
Diabetes is one of the world’s most serious health problems. This chronic disease occurs when the pancreas does not make enough insulin to meet your body’s needs. Insulin is a hormone whose main function is to transform the sugars contained in the food into energy. When this does not happen, the result is an excessive increase in blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia).
There are two types of diabetes- Type I, that occurs in childhood, and type II, which usually appears after the age of 40, and is generally associated with obesity. The development of the latter depends on genetic and environmental factors, one of them being food, as obesity is one of the main risk factors in this type of diabetes. Therefore, the diet plays a very important role indeed to help to control diabetes, and although until recently a complex carbohydrate and fibre-rich diet was recommended - thus avoiding simple sugars and fat-, the rich in olive oil Mediterranean diet is now becoming one of the best alternatives.
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