Omega-3 fatty acids are widely regarded as one of the “good fats.” They’ve recently become popular as an easy-to-include supplement that has wide-ranging effects on depression, eye health, inflammation, heart health, and a number of other potentially detrimental conditions. Even though the evidence is pretty strong for the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in these areas, their ability to help prevent diabetes is slightly more complicated. It turns out that there may be some benefits, but in limited circumstances. Continue reading to find out more.
There isn’t enough evidence yet to prove a connection between adding omega-3s to your diet and being able to prevent diabetes, but there are some hints that omega-3s can help.
“Recent studies have shown that when obese women include omega-3s in their diet for more than 8 weeks, they show decreased insulin resistance.”
Decreasing insulin resistance can have a huge impact on health, potentially delaying or preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes.
The bad news is that this only works in obese women who don’t have diabetes. The same group of studies that proved omega-3s work for obese women also looked at men and didn’t see any improvement in insulin resistance. Other studies have proved that the effects on insulin resistance don’t actually extend to people with type 2 diabetes, either.