Omega-3 | Benefits For Diabetics With Heart Attack History

omega-3 pre diabetes diet supplement and metabolic syndrome heart healthExtra omega-3 reduces severe irregular heartbeat related problems in patients with a history of heart attack and diabetes.

It is important to have sufficient omega-3 essential fatty acids in the diabetes diet and for prediabetes metabolic syndrome management. I have previously posted on the apparent reduced risk of diabetes in those who include sufficient omega-3 in their diet. It is also becoming common knowledge that the omega-3 fats found in fish are valuable for heart health.  I have posted on the association between omega-3 and a reduction in cardiovascular disease through a multifactorial mechanism.

New research, published in the December 2011 issue of Diabetes Care, also suggests that eating a daily additional amount of omega-3 fatty acids may help protect older people with diabetes who have experienced a heart attack.

The study involved a secondary analysis of the Alpha Omega Trial in which the participants consumed margarine supplemented with daily recommended doses of Omega-3 fatty acids (either 400 mg/day EPA and DHA, 2 g/day alpha linolenic acid, a combination of all three, or placebo) over a 40-month period.

The study included 1,014 people with diabetes, ages 60-80, who had previously experienced a heart attack. The researchers found that all groups receiving additional amounts of these fatty acids experienced a lower incidence of severe heart problems triggered by a severe arrhythmia (sudden death, cardiac arrest and use of a cardiac defibrillator).

The group that received the combined supplementation of all three fatty acids experienced a significantly lower incidence of severe heart problems than those who received placebo.  This particular study suggests that the combination of a previous heart attack and diabetes appears to be relevant to the omega benefit.

Patients with diabetes are at higher risk of severe arrhythmias than patients who only experienced a heart attack without diabetes.  Diabetes is also is leading cause of heart disease and stroke, as well as the leading cause of adult blindness, kidney failure, and non-traumatic amputations. If you have prediabetes metabolic syndrome, take action now to improve your health.  Make some simple lifestyle changes and you will be amazed at the potential of your body to respond.

I am generally not crazy about the fact that the study used margarine.  More on that in future posts. Stay tuned.

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About Robert Creighton

Dr. Creighton is a podiatrist and foot surgeon with over 26 years in podiatric practice treating thousands of patients afflicted with the physiological, physical, and psychological side effects and complications of diabetes and pre-diabetes metabolic syndrome. He believes these disorders present a pressing public health concern that need to be more actively addressed in a multidisciplinary way. Dr. Creighton graduated from what is now the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine after receiving his undergraduate degree in Biology. He is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, a member of the American Public Health Association, an American College of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and a Member of the American Nutrition Association.

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