By Heather Allen
The correlation between losing weight and diabetes is well known by people within the nutrition field, as well as people who suffer with type 2 diabetes. Since there is such a large population that has type 2 diabetes, researchers are constantly searching for new ways to improve obesity and diabetes rates. Recently, a study done by Vuskan et al¹. has shown positive associations between consumption of Salba- chia seeds and weight loss. Chia seeds are high in fiber, low in carbohydrates, and rich in minerals. There is also a possibility that Chia seeds suppress appetite. These properties promote weight loss when incorporated into meal plans over a six month period. In this study, participants were divided into two groups and both groups were given a calorie-restricted diet. However, the control group had oat bran incorporated into their diets, while the experimental group had chia seeds added to their diet. There was a better response in weight loss, waist circumference, and glycemic control within the experimental group. The ideology behind the addition of chia seeds into the diet of type 2 diabetes patients is that a reduction in weight will lead to a reduction in health risks.
This study provides hope because readily available foods, such as chia seeds, can easily be added into one’s diet to prevent many health risks from occurring. It is also possible that chia seeds help those who are already diagnosed with health diseases by bettering their health and promoting weight loss within this population. These ancient seeds can be sprinkled on top of foods, blended into smoothies, or even added to meals when cooking/baking. While more research should be done to ensure the results of this study were realistic and accurate, this is important information for anyone who faces health risks or wishes to lose weight in a natural manner.
1. Vuksan V, Jenkins A, Brissette C. Salba-chia (Salvia hispanica L.) in the treatment of overweight and obese patients with type 2 diabetes: A double-blind randomized controlled trial. Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Disease. 2017;27(2):138-146.