Experimental Diabetes and Diet

Science. 1947 May 23;105(2734):548-9. doi: 10.1126/science.105.2734.548.


In the experiments described the following observations have been made: (1) The toxic and diabetogenic action of alloxan increases in rats fed a low protein diet and even more so in the case of a high lard or ox fat diet. (2) The action of these fat diets was corrected by the addition of methionine, thiouracil, or coconut oil, but there was no modification either by addition of choline or sulfonamide or by increase in the protein proportion. (3) In rats fed other high fat diets (olive oil, butter) the actions of alloxan were not modified, but there was a slight diminution when high oleomargarine or corn oil diets were fed. However, complete protection was observed when a high coconut oil diet was administered. (4) The unfavorable effect of the high lard diet was observed also on the initiation and evolution of diabetes due to subtotal pancreatectomy. Contrarily, feeding a high protein diet and especially treatment with thiouracil had a favorable effect. (5) Diabetes appeared first in subtotal pancreatectomized rats which were overfed, then in those which ate ad libitum, and finally in those which were underfed. Diabetes appeared in rats fed a single meal before it did in those eating the same amount of food divided into three meals.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Coconut Oil
  • Diabetes Mellitus / therapy*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Experimental*
  • Diet*
  • Dietary Fats*
  • Eating*
  • Olive Oil
  • Plant Oils*
  • Rats


  • Dietary Fats
  • Olive Oil
  • Plant Oils
  • Coconut Oil
  • lard