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Omega-3 'may help to protect against type 2 diabetes'

By Tim Sandle     May 29, 2013 in Health
Scientists in the U.S. have run a study that indicates that omega-3 fatty acid capsules could help to deliver lower risks of type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease.
The study, according to Health Day News, consisted of reviewing evidence from existing randomized clinical trials. From this, the research team was found data which suggests that fish oil supplements can raise levels of an important and beneficial hormone called adiponectin in the bloodstream.
Adiponectin has been shown to have beneficial effects on metabolic processes such as glucose regulation and the modulation of inflammation. The hormone, secreted from adipose tissue, is involved with regulating glucose levels as well as fatty acid breakdown.
Based on the review, lead study author Dr Jason Wu of the Harvard School of Public Health said that the results "suggest that higher intake of fish oil may moderately increase blood level of adiponectin and these results support potential benefits of fish oil consumption on glucose control and fat cell metabolism".
It should be noted that the evidence is based on laboratory studies and it has not yet been proven that consumption of omega-3 fatty acid will influence the risk of not developing diabetes and coronary heart disease. The published paper notes that “findings remain inconsistent in humans.”
The findings have been published in the JCEM journal in a paper titled “Effect of Fish Oil on Circulating Adiponectin: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.”
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