A diet rich in omega-6 fatty acids reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than a third. Proof of this is a large-scale international survey of 40,000 people in 20 countries.
Omega-6 fatty acids are part of the group of unsaturated or essential fatty acids . They are less popular than omega-3 fatty acids , but like them they cannot be synthesized in the body and must come from the outside with food. It turns out that the more regularly this happens, the more successfully the body maintains normal blood glucose levels.
Data on the positive role of omega-6 fatty acids in the prevention of type 2 diabetes are published in the authoritative health journal The Lancet .
Type 2 diabetes develops when cells fail to use insulin effectively to help them absorb glucose and lower blood levels. The condition is referred to as increased insulin resistance .
The scientific team, which systematized the data from the international study, notes that people who regularly have high levels of omega-6 fatty acids in the blood are at 35% lower risk of developing insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Data were collected by multiple blood counts of study participants. The results show that with a constant intake of omega-6 fatty acids in healthy norms, the risk of developing diabetes remains consistently low, even with age.
The importance of a varied and above all - healthy diet - for the prevention of diabetes has long been proven. Today, we can add omega-6 unsaturated fatty acids to the products that have the greatest role in maintaining blood sugar levels.
On the other hand, this study complements scientists' understanding of the role of these essential fatty acids in our health. Their anti-diabetic action is a wonderful addition to their indispensable roles in maintaining brain function, good condition of the skin, hair and bones.
Among the richest sources of omega-6 fatty acids are nuts, seeds and vegetable fats. To maximize the active appearance and ensure the absorption of essential fatty acids, these sources should be taken raw.