Omega-3 Fatty Acids & Type 1 Diabetes Risk

Omega-3 Fatty Acids & Type 1 Diabetes Risk

SalmonType 1 diabetes is a condition that affects about 5-10% of all people with diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is normally discovered in childhood and is a condition where the pancreas does not make any insulin (whereas in type 2 diabetes the pancreas may not make enough insulin or may make low quality insulin). Type 1 diabetes is often the result of a virus to the pancreas or an autoimmune response within the body which affects the pancreas. Type 1 diabetes also has a genetic component which is stronger than the genetic component of type 2 diabetes.
One recent study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, followed nearly 1800 children and found that those who had a higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids had as much as a 55% decreased risk for type 1 diabetes. Since most individuals get type 1 diabetes before age 30 it is important for children at risk for type 1 diabetes to ensure they are getting plenty of omega-3 fatty acids early on.
Someone is considered at higher risk of developing type 1 diabetes if they have a parent or sibling with the condition. Signs of the disease include increased thirst, increased urination, increased hunger, and weight loss.
November is National Diabetes Month, so be watching for more info on diabetes next month!