by: Kelsey Coy
July 29, 2012
Researchers from the Missouri University of Science and Technology have found a promising new weapon in the fight against obesity and type II diabetes. Sterculic oil, an extract from the seeds of Sterculia foetida, also known as the ‘wild almond tree,’ may help combat belly fat and insulin resistance by re-sensitizing insulin receptors.
Sterculia Foetida and the Prevention of Diabetes
Type II diabetes, where in cells stop responding to insulin and therefore fail to store glucose and regulate blood sugar appropriately, accounts for 90- 95% of all cases of diabetes, and affects 25.8 million people, 8.3 percent of the U.S. population. It is a major cause of heart disease and stroke and the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. The amount of children with diabetes or pre-diabetes have increased dramatically in the past decade, and while, as the article cited indicates, it is not necessary to be overweight to develop insulin resistance, next to age, obesity is considered the largest risk factor for the development of diabetes.