Omega-3 from Plants and Fish Reduces Diabetes Risk

Get Omega-3 from plants and fish for healthy blood sugar levels and lower diabetes risk.

Omega 3 pre diabetes metabolic syndromeA study in the August 2011 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says Increased blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids are associated with a reduced risk of type-2 diabetes.

Omega-3 can be found in plants, fish and other meats. Most people are familiar with the fish oil omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, but another omega-3 fatty acid, called alpha linolenic acid, can be obtained from plants.

Alpha linolenic acid (ALA) is a “shorter” plant based omega-3. Some ALA is poorly converted to the longer-chain omega-3 EPA and DHA in your body, however the amount converted is low and omega-6 can inhibit this conversion. There is some concern in nutrition circles that Americans are getting too much omega-6 through excess vegetable oils in their diet, and this may be a contributing factor to America’s obesity epidemic. To stop prediabetes and avoid diabetes, do not eat vegetables oils!

The study used data from the Cardiovascular Health Study. The researchers analyzed the data to assess the relationship of omega-3 fatty acid intake and the incidence of diabetes. The study looked at 3,088 men and women with an average age of 75 years. The average follow-up was 10.6 years and the study controlled for many individual variables. They looked at the blood levels of long-chain EPA/DHA omega-3 from fish and plant-based alpa linolenic acid omega-3.

  • The authors conclude: “Individuals with the highest concentrations of both types of fatty acids had lower risk of diabetes.” 

The discussion surrounding the various omega fatty acids can become very confusing and controversial. The amount of these essential nutrients appears to be another one of those diet controversies like the controversy surrounding other dietary fats and grains. Some see a problem in that the plant based oils that contain omega-3 ALA come with a lot of omega-6 linoleic acid. Both omega-3 and omega-6 are needed in the diet, but as I said above, some believe the American diet has an overabundance of omega-6 and this has been implicated as a possible contributing factor in the decline of America’s health. You will get proper amounts of necessary omega-6 and omega-3 by eating unprocessed plants and animals. You should not need to be eating processed oils squeezed and concentrated from seeds.

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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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