Fish Oil Reduces Diabetes Risk

Fish Oil Reduces Diabetes Risk
Eating salmon, tuna, trout or other omega-3 rich fish a couple of times a week and/or taking a daily fish oil supplement are highly recommended by many nutritional authorities and the reasons are quite clear.

The many benefits of omega-3 fish oil for women, for example, include, among other health issues, relief of menstrual cramps, minimization of menopause symptoms, healthier pregnancies and babies and the prevention osteoporosis, breast cancer and heart disease, the number one killer of women.

Diabetes Epidemic

Throughout the world, the rise of type 2 diabetes is on an epidemic scale. Here in the U.S., nearly 30 million Americans have diagnosed or undiagnosed type 2 diabetes and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, another 86 million Americans suffer from pre-diabetes. Globally, 415 million people presently suffer from the disease and the number is predicted to rise to 642 million over the next 25 years.

The reason for the worldwide diabetes epidemic is also pretty clear. The primary risk factor for type 2 diabetes is being overweight or obese as a result of diet and lifestyle choices. Since 1980, the rate of global obesity has doubled. In 2014, nearly two billion people around the world were overweight and 600 million were considered to be obese. Here in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health, more than 2 out 3 American adults are overweight and better than 1 out of 3 are obese.

Diabetes Research

Much research has shown exercise, diet and weight management to be the most effective factors in reducing diabetes risk. And now a recent Finnish study found omega-3 fish oil also helps decrease threat of type 2 diabetes. The Finnish study, published in Diabetes Care, measured the omega-3 fatty acid serum levels of over 2,000 men between the aged 42 to 60 for as long as 15 to 20 years. Each man was placed in one of four groups based on his level of fish oil omega-3 fatty acid consumption.

During the course of the study, 422 subjects developed type-2 diabetes, but there was a marked difference in the results between the four study groups. Men in the group with the highest concentration of omega-3 fatty acids exhibited a 33% decreased risk of becoming diabetic than those men in the group with least consumption of omega-3 fatty acids.

Diabetes Prevention Recommendation

The Finnish research team concluded that a well-balanced healthy diet should include a minimum of two fatty fish meals each week. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 concur, recommending everyone eat at least two four ounce servings of fish weekly. That’s twice as much as the typical American fish consumption. It’s also recommended pregnant and breastfeeding women consume at least three servings of fish a week.

Salmon, tuna, herring, sardine, anchovy, mackerel and rainbow trout are all excellent sources of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and should be your first choices when choosing healthy fish to eat. If, for whatever reason, you choose not to eat fish, then be sure to take a high quality daily fish oil supplement instead.

Remember that diabetes prevention is not based on fish alone. It’s still necessary to practice a healthy lifestyle of effective weight management and daily exercise.

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