Omega-3 may benefit those with insulin resistance

While much of what Americans eat tends to be low in nutrition, some popular food choices may actually help prevent type 2 diabetes in individuals who have recently entered the early stages of the condition.

Researchers from the University of California, Davis found that omega-3 fatty acids - which are abundant in salmon and albacore tuna - may help individuals who are beginning to experience insulin resistance avoid developing diabetes.

For the study, which was published in Agricultural Research Magazine, Darshan Kelley and a team of investigators used a mouse model to test DHA and EPA, two types of omega-3s. They found that mice that were fed a diet rich in these nutrients were less likely to become insulin resistant.



However, the results are far from conclusive. Kelley said that previous clinical trials that tested the health benefits of omega-3s in humans have shown much less consistent results, and may not offer as strong protection against insulin resistance.



Kelley said that more research would be needed before any recommendations can be made. However, the findings may help set the stage for this future research, which could benefit those at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
 
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