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Omega-3 Consumption Does Not Lower Heart Disease Risk For Diabetic Women

June 26, 2010: 10:39 AM EST
A long-term U.S. analysis of men and women with type 1 diabetes found that consuming higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids does not lower the risk of heart disease for women, but does somewhat for men. Begun in 1986, the study followed 601 patients diagnosed with type 1 diabetes between 1950 and 1980. Found in fish and some plants, omega-3 fatty acids lower the risk of heart disease by preventing cholesterol build-up in arteries. People with type 1 diabetes are at much greater risk for heart disease. The study found that heart disease occurred less often in men who consumed more than 0.2 grams of omega-3 a day. But women who consumed similar amounts did not have lower heart disease rates.
Tina Costacou, Ph.D., Cathy E. Lloyd, Ph.D., and Trevor Orchard, M.D., "No heart benefit from Omega-3 in women with type 1 diabetes", Presentation (abstract # 1757-P), scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association, June 26, 2010, © Costacou, et al.
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