There is now mounting evidence that Omega-3’s have the potential to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
The results of a study from the 1980s have finally come in. After almost 20 years of follow-up work to the study, researchers from the University of Eastern Finland have finally found evidence linking omega-3 fatty acids to a lower risk of diabetes. The study was recently published in Diabetes Care.
Being overweight is regarded as the biggest risk factor for type 2 diabetes, and can be cause by eating too much refined sugars or processed food.
While this is still true, there are other factors that are often disregarded.
There is more to preventing diabetes than controlling weight and calories.
It is important to eat foods with fatty acids like omega-3s, which can help boost the immune system and prevent disease. Though omega-3 fatty acids have been considered controversial when it comes to diabetes, new research has shown promising results.
In the study from Finland, researchers measured the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in over 2,000 men from 40 to 50 years old. An analysis of their diets and a blood glucose test was administered, as well as a review of medical records.
This study began in 1984, and the omega-3 levels in the participants were recorded for 5 years. After nineteen years, the researchers from Finland reviewed the study, and they found that 422 of the participants were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
The participants were divided into groups according to the amount of omega-3 fatty acids they consumed. Those in the group with the highest amount of omega-3s in their diet had a 33% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The research team suggests that men who eat two meals with fish per week have a 33% less risk of diabetes. One of the best sources for omega-3 fatty acids is wild Alaskan salmon.
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