Healthcast : A Study on Omega-6 Fats & Type 2 Diabetes



The results suggested that the individuals who had the highest blood level of linoleic acid, the major omega-6 fat, were 35 percent less likely to develop Type-2 diabetes in the future than those who had the least amount.

Participants were laboratory tested for levels of two key omega-6 markers - linoleic acid and arachidonic acid - at the start of the study, and also for diabetes. These findings shed a new light on the possible health benefits of omega-6 that is found in bean and seed oils such as soybean and sunflower oils in nuts, and further support recommendations to increase dietary intake of omega-6 rich foods.

With diabetes cases witnessing a rise, a new study has revealed that including foods rich in Omega-6 polyunsaturated fats in your diet could significantly reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Professor Peter Clifton, NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Nutrition School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences at the University of South Australia said our attempt at a healthier diet might be part of the reason this type of diabetes is still on the increase.

Linoleic acid is not formed in the body and can only be obtained from the diet. The experiment was conducted on 39,740 adults from ten countries to determine their levels of linoleic acid and arachidonic acid, 4,347 out of which developed diabetes over time.

"This data shows that it is likely that consuming margarines and oils rich in linoleic acid will not only reduce the incidence of heart attack, it will reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes", he says. "But based on this large global study, we have demonstrated little evidence for harms, and indeed found that the major omega-6 fat is linked to lower risk of type 2 diabetes". Here are few exercise tips for diabetics you should know about.