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Diabetics susceptible to inflictions of vascular system

Fats can be modified for diabetic patients Diabetics advised to take more polyunsaturated fatsThey should consume a diet that will prevent increase of serum lipids Fats can be modified for diabetic patients Diabetics advised to take more polyunsaturated fatsThey should consume a diet that will prevent increase of serum lipids

VISAKHAPATNAM: "Fats being an important component of our diet cannot be avoided altogether but can be modified specially for diabetic patients,'' said founder-president of Diabetic Foundation, Anuradha Reddy.

Addressing a meeting of the Doctors Scientific Forum of Waltair division of East Coast Railway at the Railway Institute in Marripalem on Saturday, she said saturated fats like animal fats and hydrogenated vegetable fats had been found to be more atherogenic.

Since people having diabetes are particularly susceptible to inflictions of vascular system, it seems prudent on the basis of current information to consume a diet that will prevent the increase of serum lipids.

Diabetic patients who already have hyperlipidaemia (high cholesterol and high triglycerides) are more prone to develop atherosclerosis and require particular attention to dietary management, especially as regards the source of fat being used as a cooking media, she said. Therefore, diabetics are advised to take more polyunsaturated fats that are fat of vegetable origin. High levels of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides could be lowered by losing weight, keeping blood glucose levels under control, increasing physical activity and eating a healthy low fat, high fibber diet. Heart-healthy or cholesterol lowering diets would help to reduce LDL cholesterol.

Dr. Panda, Dr. Ravishankar and Dr. Lakshmi participated in the programme.