Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) may help reduce body fat mass in post-menopausal women with type 2 diabetes, says a new study.
Following 16 weeks of supplementation, CLA was found to reduce body mass index (BMI) by about half a point, total body fat by 3.2 per cent, and fat tissue weight by about 1.4 kg (3 pounds), according to findings of 36-week randomised, double-blind, crossover study.
Furthermore, when the women were crossed over and asked to consume
the same dose of safflower oil, rich in omega-6 linoleic acid, a
reduction in the weight of trunk fat tissue by about 6 per cent, and an
increase in lean tissue of about 1.5 kg were observed.
The BMI levels of the women taking CLA dropped on average by about half a point, and their total body fat decreased by an average of 3.2 percent, reducing the weight of the fat tissue by an average of between 2.3 pounds and 3.5 pounds.
“The CLA-induced weight loss in our study can be attributed to the reduction of adipose tissue mass since a change in lean mass was not observed. Importantly, the adipose-lowering effect of CLA occurred without a change in lean tissue mass, which is particularly significant because postmenopausal women are at risk for losing lean tissue mass,”
By Stephen Daniells, 10-Jul-2009
Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Published online ahead of print, doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2008.27371
“Comparison of dietary conjugated linoleic acid with safflower oil on body composition in obese postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes mellitus”
Authors: L.E. Norris, A.L. Collene, M.L. Asp, J.C. Hsu, L.-F. Liu, J.R. Richardson, D. Li, D. Bell, K. Osei, R.D. Jackson, M.A. Belury