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Certain Fatty Acids Increased Risk for Type 2 Diabetes in Women

High intake of certain fatty acids increased type 2 diabetes risk in women. Women who consumed high amounts of total omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) were at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, regardless of BMI, according to new research.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

The only fatty acids associated with increased risk were DPA and AA.  DPA is a minor omega-3 fatty acid and AA is found in red meal and other animal sources of protein.  Bottom line is eat low-fat protein and supplement the diet with fish oil that is rich in EPA and DHA and low in DPA, which is virtually all fish oil products except for menhaden that is rich in DPA.  Menhaden is primarily used as fish meal to feed beef.

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