Susan B. Sloane, BS, RPh, CDE, has been a registered pharmacist for more than 20 years and a Certified Diabetes Educator for more than 15 years. Her two sons were diagnosed with diabetes, and since then, she has been dedicated to promoting wellness and optimal outcomes as a patient advocate, information expert, educator, and corporate partner.
I have written many articles about the benefits of fish oil supplements and their anti-inflammatory role as a treatment adjunct in chronic disease management, especially in the area of diabetes.
This study is further evidence to support one mechanism by which fish oil, or omega-3, supplements work to promote cardiovascular health. The research suggests that fish oil increases the level of adiponectin, which is a hormone involved in fat metabolism and glucose regulation. Before this study came out, there was evidence in animals that these supplements increased levels of adiponectin, but now we see the same effect in humans. This study supports supplementation of fish oil in patients with diabetes because of the explicit higher risk of cardiovascular disease in this patient population.
In this country, we are forever trying to keep everything fast and convenient because our time is so precious, which can lead to bad nutrition choices like fast food. Eating a lot of processed fast food gives our bodies too much of the bad saturated fat. Supplementation is helpful, but not the total answer; we still need to make an effort to eat a healthy diet. As always, speak to your own healthcare team before starting a supplement. Fish oil may interact with prescription medications such as anticoagulants.