Omega-3s linked to lower risk of type 2 diabetes
Higher levels of circulating omega-3s reduce chances of diabetes
by Newsletter Editor
Because the relationship between omega-3s and type 2 diabetes is unclear, doctors followed 2,212 men who were free from diabetes at the start of this 20-year study. About one in five of the men eventually developed type 2 diabetes.
Several times over the course of the study, doctors measured the diets, fasting glucose levels, glucose tolerance, and circulating levels of eicosapentaenoic, docosahexaenoic, docosa-pentaenoic, and alpha-linolenic acids (EPA, DHA, DPA, AHA). Compared to men with the lowest levels, men with the highest circulating levels of omega-3 fatty acids were 33 percent less likely to have developed type 2 diabetes over the 20-year study.
Doctors concluded that higher concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids reduce the chances of developing type 2 diabetes over the long term.