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Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition May 2011
Globe and Mail, May 24, 2011

Two new studies show positive effects of Omega 3 Fatty Acids in reducing the risk of diabetes.

One study of 43,176 Chinese adults aged 45-74 found that ALA (Alpha Linoleic) Omega 3 Fatty Acid, was strongly protective from diabetes. ALA is the type of Omega 3 found in soybeans, walnuts and other plant based sources. Other Omega 3 fatty acids from fish (EPA and DHA) had no effect on diabetes risk. ALA is the type of Omega 3 in the Dr. Maggie Supplement for Skin & Coat.

A second smaller study of 3,088 men aged 65 and older found that fish based Omega 3 Fatty Acids did have a positive affect in reducing diabetes risk; however the protective effect was not as strong as ALA. Participants with the highest levels of ALA in their bloodstream had a 43% lower risk of developing diabetes.

It appears that ALA is particularly effective in improving how the body uses insulin which can help prevent insulin resistance, a potential risk factor is developing diabetes. Insulin resistance is commonly associated with other risk factors such as overweight and sedentary life style.

Although comparable studies in dogs and cats are not available, there is a reasonable probability that these results can apply to them as well.