ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil - The Cure for Diabetes

Updated on August 28, 2013

In the Pacific Islands, diabetes is unheard of among the people who eat traditional diets. But when they adapted the Western ways, diseases of all types surface and one of these new diseases is diabetes. Here is an interesting example:

The Nauru islanders in the South Pacific Island lived totally free from diabetes for many generations who subsisted on a diet which is composed primarily of coconuts, yam and bananas. But when phosphate deposits have been discovered on the island, there was an influx of wealth and the lifestyle of the islanders has changed. They replaced their traditional diet (coconut is one of them) with foods made from refined flour, sugar and processed vegetable oils. The result was the emergence of a never-been-heard disease - diabetes. According to World Health Organization, one-half of the urbanized Nauru population age 30-64 is now diabetic.

Definition of diabetes

A chronic metabolic disorder that causes persistent thirst, excessive urination, weight loss and a surplus of sugar in the blood or urine. Although diabetes can develop at any age, susceptibility rapidly increases after the age of 40, when it is more common among women than among men, with excessive overweight a contributing factor in later life.

Complications of diabetes include heart disease, nerve damage, high blood pressure, stroke, cataracts, hearing loss and blindness.

Statistics of Diabetics

In 2000, according to the World Health Organization, at least 171 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes. Its incidence is increasing rapidly, and it is estimated that by the year 2030, this number will double.

How to control diabetes?

To help control diabetes, one must put herself in a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet. Total fat intake must be restricted to 30% or less of calories. Complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains and vegetables must comprise 50-60% of calories.

Simple carbohydrates, such as refined flour and sugar are to be avoided. Why? Because they can put undue strain on the pancreas and quickly raise blood sugar to dangerous levels.

And what is the reason for reducing fat as well as sweets? It is to promote weight-loss. Overweight is of primary concern with diabetes so losing excess weight is a priority. Another reason for low-fat diet is to reduce risk of heart disease, which is a common consequence of diabetes.

Health beneffits of coconut oil on diabetics

There is one fat that diabetics can eat without fear. The fat is coconut oil. At one time, coconut oil received a negative press because of its high level of saturated fat. However, modern research has shown that not all saturated fats are alike and that the fatty acids in coconut oil, the medium chain triglycerides, do not raise serum cholesterol or contribute to heart disease, but are in fact very healthy.

Medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil as well as in mother's milk help increase metabolism and are easily digested than fats found in other oils. When there's an increase in metabolic rate, the body burns up more calories thus promoting weight loss. The fatty acids in coconut oil are absorbed directly by the liver for conversion into energy rather than into body tissues as fat.

Coconut oil puts less of a demand on the enzyme production of the pancreas. This lessens the stress on the pancreas during mealtime, when insulin is produced most heavily, thus allowing the organ to function more efficiently. It also helps supply energy to cells because it is absorbed without the need of enzymes or insulin. It has been shown to improve insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.

Coconut oil in the diet enhances insulin action and improves binding affinity compared to other oils (polyunsaturated vegetable oils). It has been promoted as "heart-friendly." Increasing consumption of coconut oil is a means to prevent diabetes.

If you are a diabetic or borderline diabetic, consumption of most fats should be avoided. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is different. It helps stabilize blood glucose levels and aids in shedding excess body weight. It is probably the only oil a diabetic should include in their diet.


Submit a Comment

  • beth811 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas

    mohan - Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

    pitzele - We all know that diabetes is a hereditary disease. Though we lived a healthy lifestyle, we are still susceptible to it. Let's not forget self-monitoring using testing devices like glucometer or to have regular checkups with our doctor.

    Thank you so much for your comment, pitzele. Best wishes to you and your husband.

  • pitzele profile image


    7 years ago from Pennsylvania

    I found your hub not just very informative, but also extremely timely. My husband has had several generations of his relatives on the maternal side who all suffered from diabetes. We try to eat healthfully, and he has not yet been found to have diabetes, but the specter is over us always. Perhaps this will be just what the doctor ordered. (Not, of course, that he would.) What a meaningful hub and thanks!

  • profile image


    7 years ago

    even sb mentioned about reduces sugar level no doubt.

  • beth811 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas

    Thanks ddalgleish. I hope your friend would find it useful. Better check with the doctor first.

  • ddalgleish profile image


    8 years ago from Canada

    Interesting, thanks for the information on coconut oil. I'll pass this along to a close friend who has diabetes, and suggest they ask their doctor about it.

  • beth811 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas

    Hi, habee. Sorry for late reply to this comment of yours.

    Thanks for always following my hubs.

  • habee profile image

    Holle Abee 

    8 years ago from Georgia

    I've heard a little about this. Thanks for telling me more!

  • beth811 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas

    Thanks, Maita!

  • prettydarkhorse profile image


    9 years ago from US

    Hi, this is useful Beth< I saw they sell this at Walmart here in the US, will tell my friend about this one, thanks, maita

  • beth811 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas

    Hi, GeneralHowitzer. Thanks for reading.

  • GeneralHowitzer profile image

    Gener Geminiano 

    9 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

    A timely and very useful hub... Thanks for sharing...

  • beth811 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas

    Glad to see you again, Ambition! Thanks for the comment.

  • Ambition398 profile image


    9 years ago

    I'm always looking for natural cures to ailments or conditions. Insightful hub!


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)