Weight & Diabetes – What’s the Connection?

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The Diabetes & Weight Connection

According to the American Diabetes Association, when it comes to the prevention of diabetes, excess weight is a leading risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that losing five to ten percent of one’s body weight can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. It is a well-known fact that many people with diabetes also struggle with their weight.[1] In the U.S., 23 million people are type 2 diabetics and 73 million people are considered obese by BMI scale and other measures.[2]

How Omega-3s can help keep you trim

According to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, involving 124 adults, researchers found that the subjects with higher levels of omega-3 had lower weight and smaller waists and hips than the subjects with lower levels of omega-3.[3]

In another study of young, obese males, the addition of fish oil to their caloric-restricted diet, resulted in 1kg more pounds lost after 4 weeks, compared to those on the same diet without fish oil.[4] It is believed omega-3 fatty acids have anti-obesity effects by inhibiting lipid uptake into adipocytes, decreasing fatty acid synthesis, and increasing lipid oxidation.[5]

Finally, Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA significantly reduced triglycerol and free fatty acid levels, which have tremendous benefits for people that are overweight and those with metabolic syndrome.[6][7]

Norbert Moskovits, M.D., FACC, FCCP recommends Diachieve Omega-3 to Help Manage Weight“I recommend Diachieve Omega-3 because it contains optimal amounts of EPA and DHA. It can help prevent heart disease and other complications for those with diabetes and for those without diabetes, and is also beneficial in people who already suffer from heart disease.” – Norbert Moskovits, M.D., FACC, FCCP: Director, Heart Failure Program; Associate Director Of Clinical Cardiology, Maimonides Medical Center. He has been consistently rated One of the best physicians in NY, by NY Magazine for several years in a row. He has published many articles in several medical journals and has presented his research at national conferences.

  1. http://www.stopobesityalliance.org/steering-committee/steering-committee-members/american-diabetes-association/
  2. American Diabetes Association
  3. British Journal of Nutrition (published online ahead of print), doi:10.1017/S0007114509382173. Authors: M. Micallef, I. Munro, M. Phang, M. Garg
  4. Li, Jing-Jing; Chang J Huang, Dong Xie (2008-06). “Anti-obesity effects of conjugated linoleic acid, docosahexaenoic acid, and eicosapentaenoic acid”. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research 52 (6): 631-645. doi:10.1002/mnfr.200700399. ISSN 1613-4133
  5. Weintraub, M S; R Zechner, A Brown, S Eisenberg, J L Breslow (1988-12). Dietary polyunsaturated fats of the W-6 and W-3 series Journal of Clinical Investigation 82 (6): 1884-1893. doi:10.1172/JCI113806. ISSN 0021-9738
  6. Woodman, Richard J; Trevor A Mori, Valerie Burke, Ian B Puddey, Gerald F Watts, Lawrence J Beilin (2002-11). “Effects of purified eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids on glycemic control, blood pressure, and serum lipids in type 2 diabetic patients with treated hypertension”. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 76 (5): 1007-1015. ISSN 0002-9165

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