- Eating a diet rich in omega-6 fats will reduce diabetes risk
- Walnuts, fish, soybean and sunflower oils are rich in omega-6 fats
- Linoleic acid is not formed in the body and can be obtained from diet
For the study conducted, the team of researchers analyzed data from 20 studies involving 39,740 adults from 10 countries, in whom 4,347 new cases of diabetes occurred over time. They tested the participants for two key omega-6 markers- linoleic acid and arachidonic acid. Linoleic acid was associated with lower risk, while levels of arachidonic acid were not significantly associated with either higher or lower risk of diabetes.
The results suggested that the individuals who had the highest blood level of linoleic acid, the major omega-6 fat, were 35 percent less likely to develop Type-2 diabetes in the future than those who had the least amount.
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