Do Omega-6 Fatty Acids Help Prevent Diabetes?

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omega-6 fatty acids

Omega-6 fatty acids, commonly found in foods such as seeds, nuts, and edible oils, are well-known to play an important role in normal growth and development as well as brain and heart health. But could omega-6 fatty acids also help prevent diabetes?

In a recent study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, researchers examined the relationship between two omega-6 fatty acids (linoleic acid and arachidonic acid) and the development of diabetes. They found that higher levels of linoleic acid was linked to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. However, since they only studied two omega-6 fatty acids, they note that more studies are required to understand the effects of other types of omega-6 fatty acids on type 2 diabetes.

To read more on this study, click here.