In the past few years there has been a debate over whether the consumption of vegetable oils causes obesity and therefore has the potential to cause diabetes. Research by experts on health and nutrition on the relation of palm oil consumption to diabetes is still limited because of uncommon incidents.
Cases of diabetes are related to insulin secretion, which is essential for blood sugar metabolism. Some existing research shows that the consumption of palm oil has no impact on insulin secretion and therefore is not a cause of diabetes and it even tends to reduce diabetes cases. Sundram, et al., (2007), Peairs, et al., (2011) and Filippou, et al., (2014) found that the consumption of palm oil does not affect the secretion function of insulin, nor the level of blood glucose. On top of that, Bovet, et al., (2009) revealed that lowering the intake of palm oil will actually increase cases of diabetes.
An interesting finding is that the consumption of both fully hydrogenated soybean oil and partially hydrogenated soybean oil hampers the production of insulin glands, increases the level of blood glucose and lowers HDL cholesterol (Sundram, et al., 2007).
It is clear that the consumption of palm oil as a food product has no effect on insulin secretion and diabetes. On the contrary, the consumption of hydrogenated soybean oil actually hampers the production of insulin and therefore has the potential to increase the cases of diabetes.