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Fish Oil and Blood sugar Control – Does it Help Or even Hurt?


One common myth about fish oil (specifically the fatty acids EPA & DHA) is that it improves the blood sugar levels of yours. I love fish oil and it can immensely improve many aspects of your health however, the scientific evidence to support the use of fish oil for blood glucose control is simply not there. In 2006, nutrition juggernaut, Dr. Alice Lichtenstein (and some others) wrote a review article that focused on the consequences of omega 3 essential fatty acids as well as serum manufacturers (e.g. items in our blood) of cardiovascular disease. One of the areas they looked over was sugar levels control.

Two ways that scientists can quantify the’ controlling of blood sugar levels’ is by Hemoglobin A1c (hba1c) and Fasting blood sugar (FBS) quantities. HbA1c is a long term marker of blood glucose management that is commonly used by physicians to monitor how well their diabetic patients are sticking to the carb of theirs controlled diets. Fasting blood sugar is exactly what it may sound like – what your blood sugar levels are if you have not had for some time (i.e. are fasted); it usually means a right away quick. The researchers looked at 28 different randomized clinical trials (the best sort of studies for determining effect and cause) and also determined that fish oil supplementation yielded a broad range of final results ranging from the 29mg/dL decrease to some 25mg/dL boost (yes you read that right – increase) found FBS.

The findings surrounding the consequences of fish oil supplementation were just as exciting (or Glucofort charge ( maybe NOT enjoyable) within that here was a tiny but clinically insignificant effect on HbA1c. Which means from a statistical perspective there was an effect although the effect was just small that it wouldn’t have an impact on the health/life of yours.

After performing some more of what I call “statistical voodoo” the investigators summarized all of the research and also came to the realization that fish oil triggered a non significant surge in FBS and HbA1c. So not only does fish oil haven’t any effect on blood glucose control it in fact carries a small (very small) adverse effect. As I pointed out in the beginning, I am a big believer of fish oil supplementation and recommend that all my clients supplement with fish oil every day but taking an EPA/DHA supplement every day in an attempt to manage blood sugar is a workout in futility.

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