Omega-3 fatty acids or linolenic acids are recommended for treating Type 2 diabetes, but how they work remains a mystery. In a study reported on by the Iran Journal of Public Health in March of 2016, scientists at Tehran University looked at how the omega-3s might affect particular enzymes. They could not find any effect on the enzymes, but the good news is the omega-3 fatty acids did lower their HbA1c levels.
A total of ninety people who had previously been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes acted as participants and were divided into two groups…
- the diabetic participants in the treatment group took 2714 mg of omega-3 fatty acids each day for two months.
- the other participants who too had Type 2 diabetes, were given a placebo.
There was no change in enzyme activity, but the HbA1c reading was significantly lowered in the omega-3 group.
Good vegan sources of omega-3 fatty acids include…
- flaxseed oil – 1 tablespoon, 7196 mg
- walnuts – 1 ounce, 562 mg
- walnut oil – 1 tablespoon, 1404 mg
- chia seeds – 1 ounce, 4915 mg
- cloves – 1 tablespoon, 278 mg
One teaspoon of flaxseed oil provides about the same amount of omega-3 fat as the study participants were given. A half ounce of chia seeds would do the same. Use flaxseed oil in salad dressings or dribbled over steamed vegetables. Or make pesto according to the directions given at cookieandkate.com. The list of ingredients is as follows…
- hemp seeds or walnuts
- lemon juice
- red pepper flakes
- flaxseed oil
Serve over whole wheat pasta and enjoy!
Commercial supplements are also available. Check with your doctor before starting them and take only the recommended dose. They should not take the place of prescribed medication.
Omega-3 is called an essential oil because our body cannot make it. It has been shown to be useful in preventing heart and blood vessel disease, including strokes. Having Type 2 diabetes increases the risk of heart disease and strokes. Some studies report walnuts have the ability to lower blood levels of triglycerides (fats) and cholesterol. The molecule is an anti-inflammatory agent, thought to reduce the risk of developing…
- Type 2 diabetes,
- cancer, and
A diet high in omega-3…
- lowers blood pressure readings in people with hypertension, and
- is necessary for healthy brain growth and development.
One study showed stronger bones in women over 65 taking omega-3 supplements. Researchers are looking at omega-3 for treating…
- bipolar disorder, and
- attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.