Studies from Harvard School of Public Health show that omega-3 fatty acids help to prevent heart attacks and death from heart attacks in diabetic women (1).

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in most fish and most seeds such as whole grains, beans, seeds and nuts. Hundreds of studies show that they help prevent strokes and heart attacks and reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and lower blood levels of insulin and blood sugar (2). They also help to prevent certain types of cancers and reduce swelling in diseases such as arthritis and psoriasis. The Harvard researchers followed 5103 female nurses with diagnosed type 2 diabetes but who, at the start, did not have any evidence of heart disease or cancer. Of these diabetics, 362 suffered heart attacks and 468 died. Those who ate fish had a very low incidence of heart attacks and death.

1)Fish and long-chain omega-3 fatty acid intake and risk of coronary heart disease and total mortality in diabetic women. Circulation, 2003, Vol 107, Iss 14, pp 1852-1857. FB Hu, EY Cho, KM Rexrode, CM Albert, JE Manson. Hu FB, Harvard Univ, Sch Publ Hlth, Dept Nutr, 665 Huntington Ave, Boston,MA 02115 USA

2) Omega-3 fatty acids and non-communicable diseases. Chinese Medical Journal, 2003, Vol 116, Iss 3, pp 453-458. D Li. , Hangzhou Univ Commerce, Dept Food Sci, Hangzhou 310035, PEOPLES R CHINA

Checked 8/9/05

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