For older overweight women who suffer from type 2 diabetes, new research has found that including two kinds of dietary oils in their diet may help them manage their weight.
The oils in question are safflower oil and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), naturally found in some meat and dairy products, which previous research discovered are associated with weight loss.
Building on that, scientists from Ohio State University conducted a 16-week study that showed supplementation with safflower oil reduced fat in the trunk area, lowered blood sugar and increased muscle tissue in the participants. The use of CLA for the same length of time reduced total body fat and lowered the women’s body mass index.
Martha Belury, professor of human nutrition at Ohio State and senior author of the study, says the study is the first to demonstrate that even a modest amount of the oils can affect older women’s body composition.
She added that postmenopausal women tend to accumulate fat in their mid-section, and those who also face the challenge of diabetes may benefit from the study to complement a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, with these dietary oils.
Both safflower oil and CLA are composed primarily of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are associated with a variety of health benefits.