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Omega 3 intake low among type 2 diabetics

I had been forgetting to take my Fish Oil capsules and like most people probably don’t eat enough fish. After reading this study I’ll be making sure I eat more fish and taking those capsules. I hope they don’t expire. :)

A study by the American Diabetes Association showed people with type 2 diabetes are not meeting the recommended daily intake of marine omega 3 fatty acids in their diet. They also found those who had a higher intake of omega 3 had lower triglycerides levels.

Video: Fish and omega 3 – BBC science

I liked this BBC video as it explained the benefits of omega 3, in between cooking a meal with a piece of salmon. It shows having more omega 3 in your diet is good for you as well delicious.

The omega 3 study

Researchers studied 2,397 patients who were enrolled in Look AHEAD U.S. trial of obese participants with type 2 diabetes. To be part of the trial patients had a BMI (body mass index) of over 25, a hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) less than 11%, and a blood pressure of 160/100 mmHg or less. The average BMI was 36 and waist circumference was 114 cm.

Part of the study involved tracking food intake, including omega 3 fatty acid. The ADA suggests at least 1,000mg a day which is the same as the American Heart Association’s recommendation for patients with coronary heart disease.

The omega 3 study results

The mean daily intake of marine omega 3 fatty acid was only 162mg a day in the group of diabetics. This is well below the recommendation of 1,000mg. Three quarters of the patients had an omega 3 intake of less than 200mg per day.

The study showed that a small increase of marine omega 3 fatty acids in the patients with type 2 diabetes lead to healthier changes in the levels of triglycerides and high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.

Dr. Belalcazar from the Look AHEAD study said, “Don’t underestimate the importance of fish intake.”

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