Lipid-Lowering Effect of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Atorvastatin in Type 2 Diabetes

Extra virgin olive oil, like statins, promotes lipid lowering in people with diabetes who have dyslipidemia.

Diabetes mellitus is a worldwide metabolic disorder that is caused by insulin deficiency. It often causes abnormalities in carbohydrate, lipid, and protein metabolism. Dyslipidemia consists of elevated triglycerides, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and a decreased level of high-density lipoproteins (HDL). This alteration in lipid levels can lead to various microvascular diseases such as retinopathy and neuropathy. Individuals diagnosed with dyslipidemia often have serum cholesterol levels greater than 200mg/dL, serum triglycerides greater than 200mg/dL, LDL levels greater than 130 mg/dL, and HDL levels <40mg/dL in men and <50mg/dL in women. An increase in LDL levels can increase the risk of coronary heart disease whereas an increase in HDL levels lowers this risk. Read more

Extra virgin olive oil staves off Alzheimer’s, preserves memory, new study shows

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there was a 54.5% jump in Alzheimer’s-related deaths over the span of 15 years. Veuer’s Nicholas Cardona has the inside scoop.

Temple University research shows extra-virgin olive oil protects against memory loss, preserves the ability to learn and reduces conditions associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers at the college’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine found mice with EVOO-enriched diets had better memories and learning abilities compared to the rodents who didn’t eat the oil. Read more