Scientists at the University of California have discovered that omega-3 fatty acids in fish oils can help insulin in the body work properly and reduce inflammation. This could fix the problem for many Americans as the American Diabetes Association reports that 23.6 millions of people in the United States suffer from diabetes, while 26.7 percent of the population is obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The scientists have found a receptor in the body called GPR-120, which — when subjected to omega-3 fatty acids — generates an anti-inflammatory response. Jerrold Olefsky, professor of medicine at UC San Diego who was involved with the research, said that "our work shows how fish oils safely do this and suggest a possible way to treating the serious problems of inflammation in obesity and in conditions like diabetes."
Scientists also suggest that fish oils could help fight against other illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.
The research is still unclear on the optimal amount of omega-3 fatty acids that could help individuals at risk of these diseases. However, it may be one step towards finding a cure for millions of Americans.