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Omega fatty acids have little effect on type 2 diabetes, according to meta-analysis

KEY POINT

Higher intakes of omega-3 fatty acids did not affect the likelihood of a diabetes diagnosis or glucose metabolism, with similar results observed with higher intakes of omega-6 fatty acids on glucose metabolism, according to results of a meta-analysis and systematic review published in BMJ. There was also a suggestion that higher intakes of omega-3 fatty acids might worsen glucose metabolism.

SOURCES

Brown TJ, et al. Omega-3, omega-6, and total dietary polyunsaturated fat for prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. BMJ. 2019;[Epub ahead of print].

Skulas-Ray AC, et al. Omega-3 fatty acids for the management of hypertriglyceridemia: A science advisory from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2019;[Epub ahead of print].

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements. Omega-3 fatty acids. Accessed September 21, 2019.