Omega-6 rich nuts, soybean oil may cut risk of diabetes: Study

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New Delhi: Eating a diet rich in omega-6 like seed oils, eggs and nuts – could significantly reduce a persons’ risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new research has suggested.

According to a study published in Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology Journal, eating a diet rich in omega-6 polyunsaturated fats, particularly found in walnuts, fish, soybean and sunflower oil can significantly reduce a person’s risk of developing Type-2 diabetes.

“Our findings suggest that a simple change in diet might protect people from developing type 2 diabetes which has reached alarming levels around the world,” lead author Dr Jason Wu, of The George Institute for Global Health in Sydney, said.

Linoleic acid is not formed in the body and can only be obtained from the diet.

Linoleic acid was associated with lower risk, while levels of arachidonic acid were not significantly associated with either higher or lower risk of diabetes.

For the study conducted, the team of researchers analyzed data from 20 studies involving 39,740 adults from 10 countries, in whom 4,347 new cases of diabetes occurred over time.