Is Fish Oil Omega 3,6,9 Good For Diabetes

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Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com, researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, is fish oil good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you download my free diabetes management book which also includes a diabetes grocery shopping guide (foods to eat and avoid).

One of the key components of a healthy diet is omega 3 fatty acids. This has been scientifically established and I feel is without question. Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids. They are a must for our health, but our body can’t produce them.

There are different types of omega 3s and crucial ones — EPA and DHA — are primarily found in certain fish.

These include:

The best source are found in:

Anchovies
Bluefish
Herring
Mackerel
Salmon (wild has more omega-3s than farmed)
Sardines
Sturgeon
Lake trout
Tuna

Many doctors agree that it is better get omega-3 fatty acids from foods rather than supplements.

But what if you don’t like fish? Then fish oil is the next best thing.
A recent study by the University of Maryland Medical Center concluded that, “People with diabetes often have high triglyceride and low HDL levels. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil can help lower triglycerides and apoproteins, which are markers for diabetes.

They can also raise HDL. So eating foods or taking fish oil supplements may help people with diabetes. Another type of omega-3 fatty acid, ALA (from flaxseed, for example) may not have the same benefit as fish oil. Some people with diabetes have trouble converting ALA to a form of omega-3 fatty acids that the body can use. Also, some people with type 2 diabetes may have slight increases in fasting blood sugar when taking fish oil. So talk to your doctor to see if fish oil is right for you.”

So it looks like fish oil is something those of us with diabetes may want to consider. But my next question is, how is fish oil made?
Well, it doesn’t seem to be a difficult process actually. Fish are basically pressed with the solids and liquids being separated. The solids go on to make fishmeal for animal feed.

The liquids are then separated between oil and water and the oil becomes fish oil. Some companies add antioxidants or other ingredients, so be sure to read the label.

Is fish oil good for diabetes? Yes, it certainly can be. But be sure to look at the label of you supplement. Just because it says Omega 3 Fatty Acid doesn’t mean it’s all fish oil. Remember, those of us with diabetes have trouble processing ALA omega 3’s so make sure there is no flaxseed oil which is a common ingredient in Omega 3 supplements.

And, as with any supplement regimen, always consult your health care provider before you begin.

I hope this answered your question is fish oil good or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes management book.

Let me know if you have any other diabetes related questions.