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Omega-3 Fish Oil - Hope for the Diabetic Heart - Reduce Your Risk of Dying From Heart Disease

June 04, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 155

There have been a number of studies that have shown the relationship between fish consumption and how it can reduce one's risk of developing heart disease. However, there exists very little data on the benefit of fish oil for diabetics.

Researchers at the prestigious Harvard medical school studied the record of over five-thousand nurses with diabetes type 2 over a period of 16 years, known as the Nurses' Health Study. In analyzing that data, they found that the more fish the nurses ate, and subsequently more omega-3 fatty acids they consumed, the lower their risk of developing heart disease or dying from heart disease.

The study was reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association, showing that the diabetic women who ate fish at five times or more per week were 64% less at risk for developing heart disease in comparison with diabetic women who ate fish only once in a while. The study also showed that these same women also had a reduced risk of 52% for dying from heart disease,

In conclusion to that study, the lead author of that study, Frank B. Hu, M.D., and associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, declared" "High consumption of fish - two to four servings per week - can substantially reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and mortality among people with type 2 diabetes."

Researchers credit these showings on the high omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish. Although the exact ways that the omega-3 fatty acids are not clear, they have shown wonderful cardiovascular benefits, including lowering triglyceride levels in the blood, helping prevent blood clot development, and as well as lessening the risk of a possibly fatal irregular heart rhythm.

The omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish oil includes DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid ). These are essential fatty acids that the body cannot produce and important for the development and health of the brain and the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye, known as the retina.

Of course, one of the concerns about consuming fish in order to obtain the DHA and EPA is that most of them contain high levels of harmful environmental contaminants including methylmercury, dioxins and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). This is why most doctors do not recommend eating fish more than two or three times per week.

There is another type of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid, called alpha-linolenic acid that comes from plant oils, but it is not as effective as fish oil because the body is only able to convert a small portion of it into DHA and EPA.

A practical and safe way to make sure you're getting sufficient omega-3 fatty acids is to supplement with a fish oil that is fresh, pure and has a high level of DHA and EPA...But not all fish oil supplements are created equal. One must be careful in selecting a fish oil supplement that will truly benefit you rather than one that will simply be a waste of money.

Michael Anzar is a researcher and health coach passionate about how many diseases normally associated with aging can be prevented and even reversed through diet, supplementation, and exercise. Bonus Free eBook To learn how to the select the best omega 3 fish oil or yourself and your family visit

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