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Do omega-6 fatty acids stop diabetes?

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Omega-6 fatty acids and diabetes

Are you getting enough of this one nutrient that can could thwart type 2 diabetes? Research suggests there this fatty acid that most of us may be lacking may be important for preventing the disease that affects. Omega-6 fatty acids may help thwart diabetes.


According to findings published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the polyunsaturated fat can have a pretty big impact on diabetes prevention.

The new study showed eating the foods with the fatty acids correlated with a significantly lower risk of diabetes.. Omega-6 fatty acid consumption from seeds, nuts and vegetable oils

Researchers gathered information from 2,189 men between 42 and 60 years of age who were part of the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study, KIHD, University of Eastern Finland from 1984 to 1989.

They found men with the high serum levels of serum linoleic and arachidonic acid had a lower chance of developing type 2 diabetes.

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Conversely, gamma-linolenic and dihomo-γ-linolenic acid concentrations were associated with a higher risk of diabetes; both of which play other important roles in human health.

How omega-6 might thwart diabetes

Omega-6 fatty acids, also known as PUFAs (polyunsaturated fatty acids) have been touted to help with weight loss.

PUFAs are recommended as part of the “Flat Belly Diet” and shown in some studies to help reduce visceral fat that is associated with metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes and heart risks.

Many experts agree that Americans probably get too much omega-6 in the diet. There is ongoing debate about omega-3 fatty acids vs omega-6 for optimal health, while other experts say all of the oils are good for our health, but the suggestion is that the right ratio is important.

The study suggests getting enough omega-6 fatty acids may be important for lowering type 2 diabetes risk. PUFAs in the diet may even help with weight control and weight loss, based on past studies.