Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Diabetes

It is thought that the consumption of omega 3 fatty acids can help those suffering from diabetes (a condition where carbohydrates cannot be metabolised in the body due to a lack of production or proper use of insulin) in two ways.

Firstly, people with diabetes often suffer from low HDL levels (the 'good' cholesterol) and high triglyceride levels. It has been shown that a diet rich in fish and other sources of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) can help to raise HDL and reduce triglycerides, thus helping diabetics reduce the risk of heart disease.

Secondly, in some research studies, the consumption of omega-3s has been shown to help stabilise blood sugar levels by sensitising insulin receptors.