According to three studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, an increase of omega-3 fatty acids in your blood can reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes.
The reduction in diabetes risk came from omega-3 sources in plants, seafood, or the consumption of both. Two of the studies came from China, where the results differed slightly. With one population, the benefits only came from plant-based omega-3s, the other group saw benefits in both. The third study, which was based in the U.S., also showed evidence that both groups of omega-3 sources were beneficial.
Diabetes is already a major health and financial crisis. The American Diabetes Association estimates that it costs the U.S. $174 billion, with $116 billion coming as costs from medication. What’s worse is the World Health Organization expects the number of diabetics to double between 2005 and 2030.
Anybody who is serious about getting our country’s financial house in order needs to realize there must be some sort of proactive approach to the healthcare problems we face. In the meantime, people can take it upon themselves to eat better, exercise and get more omega-3 in their diet.
Some foods that are packed with omega-3 fatty acids include flaxseeds, walnuts, salmon, sardines, halibut, and soybeans. You can also consider taking a fish oil supplement.
July 22nd, 2011