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Fish Oil Shows Benefits in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

KEY POINT

While hard clinical end points have not been studied, dietary fish oil supplementation lowers triglyceride levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. It does so without significant changes on markers of glycemic control, but like many agents that lower triglycerides, it raises LDL-C slightly.

SOURCES

Montori VM et al. Fish oil supplementation in type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2000;23:1407–15.

Glauber H et al. Adverse metabolic effect of omega-3 fatty acids in non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. Ann Intern Med. 1988;108:663–8.

Friday KE et al. Elevated plasma glucose and lowered triglyceride levels from omega-3 fatty acid supplementation in type II diabetes. Diabetes Care. 1989;12:276–81.

GISSI–Prevenzione Investigators. Dietary supplementation with n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E after myocardial infarction: results of the GISSI– Prevenzione Trial. Lancet. 1999;354:447–55.