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Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Improve Diabetics’ Symptoms

October 8, 2010 by  

Omega-3 fatty acids may improve diabetics' symptomsIndividuals who suffer from diabetes may want to consider adding nutritional supplements to their diet as researchers have found that omega-3 fatty acids could reduce inflammation and insulin resistance.

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego used mice to conduct their research and looked at cell molecules which respond to fatty acids. By focusing on a G-protein receptor (GPR120), the researchers discovered that GPR120 is only found in mature fat cells located on pro-inflammatory macrophages — white blood cells in the immune system.

When GPR120 is not working, inflammation can occur. However, when this protein is exposed to omega-3 fatty acids it activates, creating a strong anti-inflammatory response.

Jerold Olefsky, one of the researchers involved with the study, said that the findings could mean there is a "possible way to [treat] the serious problems of inflammation in obesity and in conditions like diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease through simple dietary supplementation."

The American Diabetes Association reports that more than 23 million adults in the U.S. suffer from diabetes. Nutritional supplements, such as omega-3 fatty acids, may allow these individuals to lead a healthier lifestyle.

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  • Duende

    This is great information. Where I live in Lake Atitlan Guatemala, a natural source for omega3′s is a seed called Chan. It has the perfect balance of Omega 3′s and 6′s. In the states it called Chia.. that’s right… the same seed used in Chia pets .

    Hey Bob…. how come your died hard readers never comment on health issues and only the so called political ones. There is nothing more political than food and how it’s been manipulated by the industries and the government.. thank God for the watch dogs like your self and others.

    • Fed Up Gal in NM


      If you’ll check closer, you’ll find there’s plenty of “die hard” readers posting comments on all sections of PL’s site (including this alternative medicine section). To name just a few great die hard posters…look for comments from SC, Dave H, Kate8, Claire, Meteorlady, Libertytrain, Joe H, Jim H, TIME (well the real time at least ;-) and many more great posters on here.

      • libertytrain

        Thanks Fed Up – you are absolutely correct in saying many of the “diehard” folks here do comment on these things – perhaps not as often but we all do…..Hope all is well and good with you —-

        • Fed Up Gal in NM

          Hey LT,

          Yes…all is well here; hope the same for you in your neck of the woods ;-). About the melatonin….not sure how much you’re taking. When I took too much once (two 3mg tabs), I had that very vivid dream…mine was not such an interesting or fun I only take 1 (3mg) tab a night (occasionally skip a night…but not to regularly since when I did that a few weeks ago and skipped every other night, my migraines came back…could be a fluke, but not taking any chances now). Anyway, as long as I stick with the one 3mg tab a night…I do well…no vivid dreams and no migraines….so I’ll probably stick with that. You know LT…even with the melatonin…I still wake up when the dogs start moving around…well they are my kids…probably not the same, but as close as I can reference for the melatonin.

          • libertytrain

            I was taking a 3mg now I’m doing 1 or 2 mg – the last bottle I bought were 1′s so sometimes I take two but yes, the dreams are vivid – as an artist I love that – not nightmares – just vivid. I had suggested it to my husband and son but they didn’t care for the dreams.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Fed Up Gal in NM,
        Yup I’m here as well and when I see a comment or collumn I want to post on I do. I have quite a few posts on the medical news section and no doubt will have more!! Now if they would only come up with a nutritional suppliment that would immitate traction1

        • Fed Up Gal in NM

          Joe H,

          Good to hear from you! Yes, I know what you mean and if anyone ever comes up with that kind of supplement…I’ll be buying a boat load for several friends ;-).

          Have a great week Joe!

      • Duende

        Hi Fed Up

        Well.. Bob’s article had been there an entire day with no comment and before I’d seldom seen another post. However after opening my BIG MOUTH I saw the next article had a lot of comments so I stand corrected.

        • Fed Up Gal in NM


          No problem; I think we were all taking a break…lol…
          Sometimes there’s more comments than other times and for me…it just depends on when I have the time to spend reading not only the articles, but the comments as well. Have a great Friday Duende!

  • coal miner

    Eggs may be a good source:

    Eggs produced by chicken fed a diet of greens and insects produce higher levels of n−3 fatty acids (mostly ALA) than chicken fed corn or soybeans.[112] In addition to feeding chickens insects and greens, fish oils may be added to their diet to increase the amount of fatty acid concentrations in eggs.[113] The addition of flax and canola seeds to the diet of chickens, both good sources of alpha-linolenic acid, increases the omega-3 content of the eggs.[114] However, the Center for Science in the Public Interest reports that “the omega-3s that FDA considers healthful (DHA and EPA) are not found in plants such as flax seed.” It also reports that “Eggs contain too much saturated fat and cholesterol to meet FDA’s definition of healthy.”[115] The addition of green algae or seaweed to the diet boosts the content of DHA and EPA omega-3 content, which are the forms of omega-3 that are approved by the FDA for medical claims. A common consumer complain is that “Omega-3 eggs can sometimes have a fishy taste if the hens are fed marine oils.”[116]


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