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Association Found Between Omega-3s and Reduced Risk of Type-2 Diabetes

Type-2 diabetes usually occurs later in life and is often tied to lifestyle factors such as poor dietary choices and lack of exercise. A recent study out of Finland found that having high blood levels of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids may lower the risk of developing type-2 diabetes by up to a third.

Participants in the study included 2,212 Finnish men between the ages of 42 and 60 who participated in the Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease Risk Factor study.

The participants were followed for an average of 19.3 years, and during that time 422 were diagnosed with type-2 diabetes. After analyzing the data, the researchers found that the men with the highest blood levels of EPA, DPA, and DHA were 33% less likely to have developed type-2 diabetes than those with the lowest levels.

The researchers did not, however, find any statistically significant association between serum or dietary ALA, dietary fish, or EPA plus DHA and the risk of type-2 diabetes.

Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland conducted the study. It was published in the January 2014 issue of Diabetes Care.

Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including alleviating arthritis pain, improved mood, improved joint mobility, helping with age related macular degeneration, and aiding your immune system.

Because omega-3 fatty-acids are not found naturally in the human body, it is especially important to make sure that they are a part of your daily diet. Oily, dark fish such as tuna and salmon are high in omega-3s.

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